Outsmarting the Scammers

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Original 6 Part Multi-Part Radio Documentary

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CountyFM is working in partnership with the OPP, Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association, and the Municipality of the County of Prince Edward to combat the frauds and scams. The program is made possible by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program. Click on any image to learn more!



Let’s Learn How to Fight Fraud Together

99.3 CountyFM is presenting a series of 15 events at locations across the County to help educate
and fight fraud that targets those who are vulnerable in our community.

The events are taking place in community spaces and other accessible meeting areas, including town
halls, across the County. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided. Free accessible bus rides
are available upon request for all events open to the public (age 55+) – simply call County Transit
1-855-283-9640 to book your space.

These events will give you a chance to learn about the scams that are happening around us and how
you can avoid becoming a victim of fraud. All events are open to the public unless noted.

  • 1. West Lake Terrace, West Lake Nov. 7, 2023, 2:30 pm
  • 2. Wellington On The Lake, Wellington Nov. 13, 2023, 1:00 pm
  • 3. Athol Town Hall, Athol Nov. 15, 2023, 2:00 pm
  • 4. United Church Consecon, Consecon Nov. 22, 2023, 2:00 pm
  • 5. Wellings Of Picton, Picton Dec. 1, 2023, 1:00 pm
  • 6. Hallowell House, Picton – Residents & family only – Dec, 12, 2023, 2:00 pm
  • 7. MLP Residence, Picton – Residents & family only – Jan. 19, 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 8. Picton Town Hall, Picton – Jan 26, 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 9. Sophiasburgh Town Hall, Sophiasburgh Jan. 30, 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 10. H.J. McFarland Memorial Home, Picton – Feb 6, 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 11. Elks Lodge, Picton Feb. 16, 2024, 2:30 pm
  • 12. Bloomfield Town Hall, Bloomfield February 28th, 2024 2:00pm
  • 13. Ameliasburgh Town Hall, Ameliasburgh March 5th, 2024 2:00pm
  • 14. Milford Condo Building, Picton – Residents & family only – March 15, 2024, 2:00 pm
  • 15. On-Line via Community Care For Seniors – March 21, 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 16. Wellington United Church, 243 Main Street, Wellington – March 27, 2024, 2:00 pm


Original 6 Part Multi-Part Radio Documentary

99.3 County FM presents the Multi-Part Radio Documentary: Outsmarting the Scammers – Helping Seniors Fight Fraud, February 8th through March 14th.

Thursday, during the noon hour and 6pm re-broadcast of The Grapevine, 99.3 County FM presents a six-part weekly series to provide public education about fraud prevention, with a focus on a wide variety of scams against seniors. Once broadcast, each episode of the series is available right here to stream in its entirety.

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Episode 1 – Phone Scams (Feb 8, 2024)
Episode 2 – Emergency Scams (Feb 15, 2024)
Episode 3 – Online Scams (Feb 22, 2024)
Episode 4 – Investment and Romance Scams (February 29, 2024)
Episode 5 – Identity Theft (March 7, 2024)
Episode 6 – Door-to-Door Scams and Lessons Learned (March 14, 2024)

Outsmarting the Scammers – Helping Seniors Fight Fraud will educate listeners on what to watch for, steps to take to avoid being scammed, and what to do if you are a victim of fraud. Partnering with the Prince Edward County Detachment of the OPP, The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association, and the Municipality of the County of Prince Edward, County FM has created this six-part documentary series as a public service in response to a growing problem.

The series, narrated by Wendy Mesley, each week explores a common type of scam, hear compelling experiences  from victims and their families, and provide tips for prevention. Some names of those interviewed have been changed at their request.

The Production Team for 99.3 County FM: Scripts by Astrid Young, Interviews by Renay Weissman-Stanners, Brenda Little, Ken Palmer,  Krista Hepburn, Craig Mills. Narration Wendy Mesley, introduction by  Jim JJ Johnston, Music Dustin Crenna; Producer Dave Wheatley, Production Assistant Gage Broaderick, other production and research, Gillian Carson, Helen Morris, Gage Broderick, Dave Wheatley, Craig Mills, Lorraine Wilson, and Sheri Girvan.

99.3 County FM’s radio series “Outsmarting the Scammers – Helping Seniors Fight Fraud” is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.


Tell Us What You Think and Pick Up Valuable Tips

99.3 County FM thanks all those who provided input in the fall of 2023.

This is part two of the survey we launched last year. Did you listen to some or all of the 6 part series “Outsmarting the Scammer: Seniors Fraud in Prince Edward County”? We want to hear from you. CLICK HERE TO BEGIN THE SURVEY

This questionnaire is designed to gather knowledge of 99.3 County FM listeners about social issues in Prince Edward County. It takes 4-5 minutes to complete.

The information shared on this form will be kept anonymous and is for research purposes.

99.3 County FM, as an essential service to Prince Edward County, is constantly working to improve upon our ability to serve the residents and visitors of PEC.

All episodes of “Outsmarting the Scammer: Seniors Fraud in Prince Edward County” are available to listen to on demand at www.999countyfm.ca. There is no charge for this service.

All participants are also entered into a draw for County FM Prize Packages.

Your help is greatly appreciated.