CARP Halton Chapter Community Meetings in February ’24 – “Frauds and Scams”

As usual CARP Halton Chapter will be holding two community meetings in February, one in Halton North on February 13th and one in Halton South on February 22nd.  Our Halton North meeting will be held at the Birkdale Retirement Living Residence at 611 Farmstead Drive (Derry and Farmstead) in Milton. Our Halton South meeting will be held at the Seniors Centre at 2285 New Street, Burlington. At these meetings we will have representatives from Halton Regional Police Services who will provide an overview of Frauds and Scams that are happening across our region and most importantly suggest strategies on how we can avoid becoming a victim.

Leading the presentation at both locations will be D/Constable Dwain Newham who is the Vulnerable Persons/Seniors Liaison officer who works out of 30 Division, Criminal Investigations Bureau in Burlington. He will invite colleagues from District #1 (Milton/ Halton Hills), District #2 (Oakville) and our Regional Older Adult Resource officer to include the Halton Regional Police Service Older Adult Investigation and resource team. Other senior members of the HRPS may also wish to attend to fully represent the Halton Regional Police Service at our meetings.

D/Constable Newham has provided this overview of his presentation:

“The material that I cover during these ‘Conversations with the Community’ regarding Frauds and Scams are what I see happening in our region as the scams are always evolving. I talk about strategies to avoid becoming a victim, understanding how the ‘bad guys’ target victims, and overall awareness of Frauds. I generally try to encourage the audience to be Aware but not Afraid regarding the topics being discussed. I talk about the Grandparent Scam, Gift Cards, Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin, Renovation scams, Romance scams, Bank impersonation scams, Lottery Scams and any other trends happening at that time as Frauds are always evolving.

I especially find a question period to be very informative to the attendees. I also emphasize the benefit of contacting police when you need assistance or have become a victim of Fraud. I explain the importance of working together as a community to deter the Fraudsters from coming here to the Region of Halton.  

I have assembled a simple PowerPoint to follow along during my presentation. 

CARP is such an important community partner and community voice, and together we can Educate our Communities in order to deter and defeat the Fraudsters from attempting their scams with any success. I look forward to meeting members of the CARP Halton Chapter”.

Please plan to join us at either location. We look forward to seeing our members and friends at this very timely and most important presentation. As D/Constable Newham says scams are always evolving. Never a day goes by without one or more phone calls, emails or texts that are scams or frauds. And as we see so often in the news people continue to become victims as scammers have increasingly convincing messages.

Our Halton North meeting will be held in Milton on Tuesday February 13th at the Birkdale Retirement Living Residence at 611 Farmstead Drive, (Derry and Farmstead).

Our Halton South meeting will be held in Burlington on Thursday February 22nd at the Seniors Centre at 2285 New Street.

Doors will open at both locations at 6.30pm, the program will start at 7.00pm and will wrap up around 8.45pm

At the Milton location most visitors will be able to park in the visitor parking areas on site. Additional street parking is also available on Farmstead.

Light refreshments, coffee, tea and treats will be available at both locations and will be provided at Milton by the Birkdale Retirement Residence.  We thank the management and staff for their generosity.

Our meetings will begin with a short welcoming address and a brief update on your CARP Halton Chapter activities. This will be followed by our featured presentation.

There will be a break at the midway point which will allow time to socialize with fellow members and to visit our sponsors.

Our meetings will conclude around 8.45pm with a few closing remarks and our 50/50 draw. We encourage you to support this draw as proceeds help defray the costs incurred in putting on our meetings.

Our meetings are FREE. All are welcome. Please plan to join us at either location. We look forward to your support of our Community Meetings as the topics we present will be of vital importance to our seniors demographic. We look forward to meeting our members and friends.