Junkmail can cause money problems for the elderly

Prevent Elder Fraud by Getting Rid of Junk Mail

Elder fraud is a 3.6 billion dollar problem

Thieving fraudsters are making a business of taking advantage of older adults.

Almost 4 in 10 seniors are affected, losing over $3.6 billion each year to financial abuse.

And this isn’t only happening to the very old or those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – younger, more educated seniors are actually losing more money.

Did you know that the amount of junk mail your older adult receives is a sign of their fraud risk?

It means that their names are on multiple mailing lists that scammers can use to contact them.

Reduce fraud risk by getting rid of junk mail

Putting a stop to the junk mail being sent to your older adult’s house is essential for reducing their fraud risk.

It also reduces the risk that someone with early dementia would repeatedly donate to multiple charities, sign up for many credit cards, or spend an excessive amount on catalog purchases.

To stop getting unaddressed advertising, simply put a note on your mailbox stating that you do not wish to receive Canada Post Neighbourhood Mail™. Some folks just post “No Flyers Please”. Place the note in or on your mailbox, or on the inside lip of your community mailbox, group mailbox or postal box.

Getting rid of junk mail might just protect your older adult from losing their life savings to fraud.

Still receiving advertising mail?

If you continue to receive unaddressed advertising after you have placed the note on your mailbox, create a service ticket. (see web link at bottom of article). Canada Post will investigate the issue.

What Canada Post can stop delivering

At your request, we can stop delivering most unaddressed advertising material, such as:

  • Retail flyers and restaurant menus
  • Free product samples and coupons
  • Unaddressed magazines and store catalogues
  • Notices from non-profit organizations
  • Offers from banking institutions and telecommunication services

What we cannot stop delivering

You will continue to receive the following material from Canada Post:

  • Community newspapers (maximum ratio of 70% advertising, including all enclosures, to 30% editorial content)
  • Mailings in the public (as opposed to commercial) interest from government departments/agencies at federal, provincial, territorial, municipal levels and band councils
  • Materials from Elections Canada, provincial/territorial chief electoral officers and municipal election officials (or the deputy returning officer), including material from political parties and electoral candidates during an election
  • Any addressed mail, including addressed advertising materials

Please note that you may continue to receive unaddressed advertising material from distributors other than Canada Post.

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