POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 71 Financial abuse and economic crime are both forms of financial exploitation and can have significant and serious consequences for older people. Because seniors form the largest proportion of people who report being victims of economic crime, we talk about both financial abuse and economic crime in this web site. There are many people and organizations working to prevent financial exploitation of older adults and to help you if it does happen—government departments and agencies, the justice and legal systems, the financial industry, community-based organizations and concerned citizens. This section provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about financial abuse and economic crime—what it is, how to recognize it, where to get help, how to prevent it, and how to protect yourself from both financial abuse and economic crime. It is important to know that financial exploitation can happen to anyone - you are not to blame. Knowing how to protect yourself is your most valuable asset. About Financial Exploitation Answers to questions such as: What is financial exploitation? How common is it? Why is it important to report? Why are seniors vulnerable to financial abuse? About Financial Exploitation - Highlights Legal Issues in Financial Exploitation Answers to questions such as: Is financial exploitation a crime? What can I do if I have experienced financial abuse or an economic crime? How do I report it? Why is legal advice important? Legal Issues in Financial Exploitation - Highlights Preventing Financial Exploitation Answers to questions such as: How can I protect myself? How can I get more information? What else can be done to prevent financial exploitation? Preventing Financial Exploitation - Highlights To report economic crime or suspected financial abuse of any kind, call your local police service. For economic crime and consumer fraud issues, you can also report scams at: or call: 1-888-495-8501 For copies of the strategy, call the Department at (902) 424-0065 or 1-800-670-0065 (toll free). Financial Exploitation of Older Persons