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Carlyle RCMP warns public about scams targeting seniors

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, according to the RCMP.
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The Carlyle RCMP is advising the public about scams targeting seniors.

CARLYLE - The Carlyle RCMP is advising the public to be cautious of scams targeting seniors.

The detachment has received numerous reports since the start of the year regarding scams intended to defraud seniors of their money. In some cases, it is believed that scammers have defrauded victims of thousands of dollars.

The basis of any scam, according to the RCMP, is telling people what they want to hear. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“Fraud concerns all Canadians. It threatens our families, our businesses, our bank accounts and can cause tremendous stress and personal turmoil. It also threatens our national economy and strengthens organized crime groups,” the RCMP said, citing the federal government.

“The impact on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating: retirement savings, homes and businesses. While fraud losses are serious, the good news is that the majority can be prevented by identifying the methods used by fraudsters.”

The Carlyle RCMP encourages everyone to be careful and to be alert to possible fraudulent activity.