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Protect Yourself and Your Family From Fraudulent Scams Targeting Seniors


COURTNEY McCLURE The Standard


NORTH DURHAM: In 2023, The Durham Regional Police (DRPS) received approximately 3,803 fraud reports, an increase of about 25 percent since 2022.

However, there are some things you can do to make sure you and your family members do not fall victim to phone and internet scams.

On June 19th, join the Blackstock Lions Club at the Blackstock Recreation Centre. You will learn about frauds and scams impacting seniors and how to avoid them.

Constable Jim Aquin, from the DRPS, will deliver the presentation outlining various scams.

Spectators will also learn about online safety and how to identify what is and isn’t a scam.

According to the DRPS, there is a recent scam targeting seniors called the Grandparent scam. This scam involves the victim receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the recipient’s credit card company. The caller will ask if the victim has made any recent purchases in another city. The victim may become confused and believe their credit card has been compromised. Then the caller tells the victim their account has emergency status protection and they will send someone to pick up the victim’s credit and bank cards and hand them over to the police on behalf of the victim. Afterwards, the caller instructs the victim to seal their credit cards in an envelope with a piece of paper. The paper will have the credit card numbers and the respective PIN number written on it. The caller usually keeps the victim on the phone while a courier goes to the victim’s house and picks up the envelope.

With the generational gap between baby boomers and millennials, many people from the baby boomer generation are not tech-savvy, described Jennifer Hunter, a local Realtor. Ms. Hunter is helping the Blackstock Lions Club organize the presentation. “We feel a lot of the older generation are not aware of their virtual footprint and their presence online,” explained Ms. Hunter.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the presentation starts around 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments available.

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