World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an official United Nations International Day acknowledging the significance of elder abuse.

In this blog post, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) wants you to know more about the steps you can take to prevent and avoid elder financial abuse.

Take Action to Prevent Financial Abuse

How to Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

Access to accurate investment information is an important first step to avoiding financial abuse. These resources can help you recognize potentially fraudulent, investments targeting older British Columbians:

Who to Contact if You Suspect Elder Financial Abuse

If you suspect questionable investment activity, contact the BCSC. Call us at 604-899-6854 or toll free at 1-800-373-6393, email [email protected], or through the “Report to Us” online form on the website.

If you suspect other forms of financial abuse, there are resources that you can look to for help.

SAIL (Senior Abuse Information Line) from Seniors First BC is a resource for older adults to receive general information about elder abuse. It is also a safe contact to discuss possible abuse or mistreatment. BC residents can contact SAIL at 604-437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 (toll free).

Contact the RCMP or local police if you feel the abuse is a criminal matter. You can also call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 to receive information and referral services if you are a victim of a crime.

If you have any concerns about a person or company offering an investment opportunity, please contact BCSC Inquiries at 604-899-6854 or 1-800-373-6393 or through e-mail at [email protected]. You can also file a complaint or submit a tip anonymous using BCSC’s online complaint form.

InvestRight.org is the BCSC’s investor education website. Subscribe to receive email updates from BCSC InvestRight.

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