Info sessions show how to avoid internet and other scams


National Seniors will roll out a new program next month to help older Australians avoid falling victim to online and other scams.

Scammers usually try to steal money or personal information, and the ACCC’s Scamwatch says they target thousands of email addresses and phone numbers every day.

Older people can be more at risk of scams because they:

  • often have more money and accumulated wealth than younger people, making them an attractive target
  • are in a vulnerable emotional state following divorce or loss of a partner, so are targeted through social media or dating sites
  • can be less internet and computer savvy.

National Seniors will hold three events to help older Australians detect scams. The presenter will be Greg Gebhart, senior trainer at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Greg’s presentation will cover the most common scams, including the latest tax and Medicare rip-offs, tech support scams, romance scams and more, how to spot them, what to do or not do, and who to speak to for help.

Attendees will also learn more about the free online learning program, Be Connected, which offers easy-to-follow modules on a range of topics aimed at helping older Australians become better connected online.  

To find out more about the scam sessions and register to attend, click here.

The details of the events, for which registrations are essential, are:

Tuesday 12 February 2019

2.30pm - 4pm

Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre (level R4), Corner Logan and Kessels Road, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122

Tuesday 12 February 2019

5.30pm to 7pm

Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre (level R4), Corner Logan and Kessels Road, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122

Wednesday 13 February 2019

10am to 11.30am

Springfield Central Library (level 2), Corner Main Street and Sirius Drive, Springfield Central QLD 4300 


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