SENIORBUSTERS CANADA PROGRAM
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Government of Canada.
The SeniorBusters Program works by increasing awareness of financial elder abuse investment scams and fraud, educating seniors on techniques used by scammers and providing elderly with the necessary information and who to contact if they have been a victim of financial elder abuse.
The SeniorBusters Program assist seniors with:
- Providing strength, emotional and moral support to victims
- Being sensitive to the needs of seniors
- Contacting senior victims of fraud for follow up as often as needed
- Educating and re-educating seniors on financial elder abuse, telemarketing fraud and identity theft
- Obtaining suspect company information
- Referring financial elder abuse victims to other appropriate agencies
- Developing personal relationships with financial elder abuse victims
- Ensuring that seniors have a place to turn to when they need assistance
- Helping victimized seniors regain personal dignity
The PhoneBusters website lists the top scams and top senior scams including:
Advanced Fee Letter Fraud (419 / Nigerian Letters)
Advanced Fee Loans
Cheque Overpayment Fraud
Dead Air Calls
Office Supplies / Directory
Phone Number Spoofing
Vehicle Warranty Package
Fraudulent telemarketers often build relationships with seniors and gain their trust before victimizing them.
Seniors are often targets of telemarketing fraud, investment fraud, or identity theft scams for reasons such as loneliness, lack of family support, and health-related issues such as Alzheimer's.
The SeniorBusters Program has received the RCMP Commissioner’s Volunteer Award.
and was originally called the Seniors Helping Seniors Program under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre houses a call center that takes in phone from people reporting frauds. Staff are trained anti-fraud specialists who provide advice on the steps victims should take to recover lost funds and to protect themselves in the future.