10:30 am EDT
Mary Shkoury, Prevention Consultant, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario gave a practical presentation on how to protect oneself from frauds and scams.
She talked about the 3 Components of Financial Abuse: Greed, False sense of Entitlement and pportunity. She talked about the 5 key scams to watch out for in 2023, including lottery scam,grandparent scam, income tax scam, romance scam and antivirus phishing scam.
Mary shared the 4 Rs: Recognize, Reject, Reach out and Report. It is ok to sa y NO and questionany request for information. Never give information to someone you don’t know.
If you are a victim:
* Collect your thoughts
* Contact your financial institutions
* CONTACT THE POLICE
* Report the incident
* Protect yourself from future fraud
Participants shared their personal stories of recent fraud. It was eye-opening to see all the risks that are out there and how older adults are being targeted.
“One of the ways of rediscovering your youth is to keep yourself abreast of times, in other words, update your knowledge and skills – at least in your area of expertise.”
~ Srinivas Arka, Founder CCA Worldwide Charities
Armadale Community Centre
2401 Denison Street, Markham
ON L3S 1G3
Light lunch and refreshments provided