Protect seniors from financial abuse and investment fraud

Alberta’s population is aging. By 2031, when the last of the baby boomers reach 65 years of age, it’s projected that there will be almost one million seniors in the province – which means about one in five Albertans will be a senior. Seniors also tend to have accumulated assets or retirement funds, and con artists see this as an opportunity.  Unfortunately, the natural aging process can leave them vulnerable to fraudulent or unsuitable investments.

Financial abuse is one of the most frequently reported forms of elder abuse in Alberta.

Fraud isn’t on your bucket list. Scam artists prey on worries and dreams about retirement, and leaving a legacy for their families. Protect yourself and check first.



Fraudsters target seniors because they often have built a nest egg for retirement, or have property or a pension. Seniors may be looking to maximize their investments to help them through retirement and leave money for their children or grandchildren. While anyone can be a victim of investment fraud, seniors have less time to recover from a financial loss.

Taking this quiz can help you determine if you are on the right track to protecting your financial future. After, learn more in our tools section to help you increase your knowledge.

Tools to protect seniors from fraud

The ASC has developed a collection of senior-focused resources to help seniors, and the people close to them learn ways to spot and stop elder financial abuse.


June is an important month for seniors in Canada as it hosts Senior Week and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. During this time and throughout the year, the ASC reaches out to Alberta seniors to help them improve their financial literacy, empower them to make wise investment decisions and be aware of the signs and symptoms of financial fraud.

We will be at the following events to engage with seniors and their families about financial literacy:

September 21, 2019

Kerby Expo
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Calgary, Alberta

September 26, 2019

Calgary Public Library Financial Literacy Program
Calgary, Alberta

October 5, 2019

Fall Seniors Forum (Calgary Seniors’ Housing Society)

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Calgary, Alberta

October 17, 2019

Kerby Fall Seniors’ Event
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Calgary, Alberta

November 13 & 14, 2019

Vision 2030 for Seniors’ Services Symposium
Edmonton, Alberta

Past events:

June 6, 2019  Bridgeland Seniors Luncheon
June 7, 2019   Kerby Centre Seniors Week Seminar
June 7-9, 2019   THIRD ACTion Film Festival

Mabel’s fraud testimonial

Despite being cautious and experienced, Mabel was pressured into making an investment she never had a good feeling about. Watch Mabel describe her experience of losing her investment to a con artist.

Learn more about how to protect yourself

When it comes to investing, you can never have too much information. Explore our investor protection section to learn more about how to protect yourself from fraud.