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Tea party brings officers and seniors together to talk safety

New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department, have stepped up efforts to give seniors the tools to deal with scams and fraud over the phone and through email.

Safe-Tea workshops were held between May 30 and June 3 throughout New Westminster and were funded by the Canadian Department of Justice.

The workshops were presented by Detective Constable Jackie Frost, Constable Wendy Bowyer and Reserve Constable Jodie Wong. To reach a large number of seniors, the workshops included tea and cookies and were held in senior centres, care centres and at senior identified buildings.

“Over tea and treats we started a conversation with seniors about the most recent scams, how they can protect themselves, and where victims of fraud should go for help,” said Constable Jackie Frost. “While the number of fraudulent calls and emails to people have increased, few are reported to police.”

“If you have been a victim of fraud we encourage you to call the New Westminster Police Department,” said Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “If you’ve been targeted we encourage you to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre so they can keep track of the most recent scam tactics.”

Early this year, the New Westminster Police Department issued a warning about a Canada Revenue Agency scam which has been targeting New Westminster seniors for over a year. Victims are pressed for personal information and payment and are often threatened with court charges, jail, or deportation.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre recommends people contact the CRA to confirm that they owe back taxes, or are entitled to a refund, before providing any personal or banking information.

For more information on the workshops please call the Victim Services Unit at 604-529-2525.