Falling victim to scams

Raissa Tetanish
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Nursing students highlight elder financial abuse

Wanda Bickle (from left) and Heather Ward watch while Rebecca Caruana and Lisa Fawthrop talk with an elderly woman at the Amherst Centre Mall on Friday about elder financial abuse. The women were speaking to shoppers as part of their practical nurse course they are completing online. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - With more and more seniors being targeted for scams, local nursing students want to get awareness about the issue out to the public.

The online practical nursing students - Heather Ward, Wanda Bickle, Lisa Fawthrop and Rebecca Caruana - were on hand at the Amherst Centre Mall with a multitude of information on elder financial abuse.

"It's so common," said Fawthrop. "There are so many instances of it out there."

Baby boomers, said Caruana, are aging and being targeted by many scams that are currently on the go, specifically women over the age of 50.

"Because Cumberland County does have a predominantly senior population and we've heard through the news that there have been victims from the county, we wanted to heighten the awareness of the risk," added Bickle, noting the women want seniors to become more savvy.

Amongst the spread of information at the mall, visitors could learn about the different types of financial abuse, watch a video of victims that sent money through Western Union, know the signs and symptoms of fraud, and even learn of ways of prevention.

Visitors could also take home information to participate in a quiz online to see how susceptible to financial abuse they may be.

Organizations: Western Union

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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