No one likes to be taken in by scheming and lies. And yet, that is what some seniors go through when trusting individuals who use fraud for their own financial benefits. Elder law in Ontario has rules in place that safeguard seniors from fraudulent schemes, yet there are still times when those who belong to this vulnerable sector of society get caught up in a fraudster's web of lies.
Police in Ontario say that up to 10 per cent of seniors in the province are abused by family members or caretakers. The actual number is estimated at between 40,000 and 200,000. The wide-ranging figure may be explained by the fact that many seniors do not report their mistreatment. Many may not realize that they have options for seeking protection through elder law services.