We (The Seniors Committee of the Chamber) are encouraging Seniors to learn ways to identify scams and take the time to check whether an offer or contact is genuine before you act on it.
With scammers continually developing new ways to catch people out, we need to increase our vigilance in checking for those little clues that can alert us that something is a scam.
Scams cost Australian consumers, businesses, and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars each year and cause serious emotional harm to victims and their families.
In 2021 Australians made more than 286,600 reports to Scamwatch and reported losses of around $324 million. By the end of August 2022, Australians had lost even more with reported losses of over $381 million.
As alarming as these numbers are, we know that around one third of people who are scammed never tell anyone, so the true numbers are probably much higher.
Jo Dickson, is a chamber member and Principal of the Bank of Queensland branch at Stafford has volunteered to share her insights about ways to identify, protect and deal with the ever-present problem of Scams among seniors.
Jo has had a lot of experience in recognising scams, advising customers on what to be aware of in emails, texts or phone calls. She will be giving us a lot of clues to look for when we receive ‘unknown’ messages.
Come along before 10.30 and get yourself a cup of coffee/tea from the Coffee Shop at the Club.
Sit back, enjoy the coffee and learn how to recognise scams.
Attendance is free but limited to 25 attendees so book early