The Editor, Scammed. Personally, I was! When? August 1, 2 p.m. A 66-year-old person that I knew, on a seldom visit to my house, asked me for a favour saying, “Could I ask you for a favour of $20?” Receiving Old Age Pension and Canada Pension cheques through direct bank deposit four days earlier, July 27 to be exact, now Aug. 1, four days later, he needs a favour of $20.
Thinking the conversation would continue, I gave him the money, yet in a strange quietness, he never offered a repayment date or reason for the favour, yet broached another subject -- the weather. I knew I had been scammed and for self-protection, quietly walked that scammer out of my house.
My cousin, a policeman, his specialty that of white collar investigator, tells me that what that person did is against the law. A criminal act. Not the first time this scammer does this, says my cousin.
The Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation with accreditation from the government, each have volunteers going door-todoor each spring asking for donations. For every donation, the volunteer door collector writes up a numbered receipt, amount of donation, then signs the receipt which can be calculated into the yearly filing of Revenue Canada income tax.
At 66 years old, this scammer believed he would abuse me at 82 years old. Elder abuse.
Believe me, measures are in place! Suzanne Blackburn, Alexandria