Fraudsters offering seniors food, money

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AMHERST – Cumberland District RCMP are warning the public of senior fraud cases.

Recently, the Cumberland Integrated Street Crime Unit have had reports of seniors being approached and offered money and groceries in exchange for their medications. 

This activity can be very dangerous to a person's health.  A person could be potentially charged for trafficking drugs, RCMP warn.

Medication prescribed to an individual should not be used by others. Communication and education are key factors in keeping seniors safe. 

“If you or a member of your family has been approached in this manner please speak to someone about the incident and then report it,” Const. Paul Vincent of the Cumberland RCMP stated in a new release to media this morning. “A person's description, vehicle type, license plate and anything else you think is important will help police investigate this activity and help keep our homes and communities safer.”

Police would like anyone who comes aware of any senior safety issue to report the incident to the police by contacting any RCMP office, local police, or Crime Stoppers anonymously anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

Organizations: RCMP, Cumberland Integrated Street Crime Unit, Crime Stoppers

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  • H.White
    July 03, 2013 - 14:14

    Why would the RCMP consider "potentially" charging anyone? If they are selling their medication, in some cases strong narcotics, then that is drug trafficking plain & simple. I'm all for treating seniors fairly and such but let's not believe that every lil old man and lady are sweet & innocent. I've worked retail for years and many times we were busy watching the "young punks" as my manager called them but meanwhile the golden age brigade was the ones robbing us blind. I believe if the RCMP want the publics support for problems like this, then they need to approach this issue in an unbiased manner, meaning being prepared to charge not only the person buying the drugs but the person selling as well....