|That New Friend May Not Be So Friendly
Unfortunately, many seniors live in isolation, without contact from family or friends. Often, seniors are targeted because they are isolated and may accept any form of social interaction. Some people will use that sense of loneliness to their advantage. They will befriend seniors to take advantage of them. This “New Best Friend” scam can lead to seniors being manipulated to give up personal information or send money and gifts to their new "friend."
The Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association wants to help you notice the signs of this scam and how you can prevent your loved ones from becoming victims of this “New Best Friend” scam.