That New Friend May Not Be So Friendly

Courtesy of Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association.

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.

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What Are the Signs?

When it comes to the “New Best Friend” scam, seniors will often not mention it to their caregivers because they do not realize they are victims of fraud as they are being manipulated instead of being threatened. It is the obligation of those close to seniors to notice the signs of a scam. Here are some signs that those close to you are being taken advantage of.

  • Once they were excited about get-togethers, now they say they are too busy

  • They are phoning less

  • Odd purchases or withdrawals from their accounts are being made
  • There have been changes to their will/power of attorney/trusts/etc
  • It may not even be a stranger, family members that haven’t been around for years suddenly start spending time with the individual
How You Can Prevent Scams
  • Watch for any changes in behaviour

  • Offer to help review or balance their finances/bank accounts

  • Keep your loved ones informed of fraud, including the scam where people will befriend them for money

  • Inform them about giving out their information

Watch this video the learn more about fraud and how people may impersonate individuals to try to get closer to seniors. 
Let's Prevent Fraud Together
The Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association wants to prevent any cases of fraud committed against seniors, including the “New Best Friend” scam. If you would like any more information on fraud prevention, please feel free to reach out to APRCWA.
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