A scam prevention seminar will be held at the George Street Community Centre at 4 George Street, from 10am on Friday, May 31.
A scam prevention seminar will be held at the George Street Community Centre at 4 George Street, from 10am on Friday, May 31. natasaadzic

How older residents can protect themselves against scams

GEORGE Street Neighbourhood Centre Association will hold a scam and technology awareness session Friday morning as part of the organisation's new campaign.

The campaign deals with educating Mackay's seniors community about the growing number and sophistication of scams.

Senior Constable Stephen Smith will be guest speaker at the session, which starts at 10am at 4 George Street, Mackay.

"While the internet is extremely useful - and even fun - for criminals it allows incredible opportunities,” Snr Const Smith said.

"It is beneficial for all residents to understand the basics of how criminals, cyber-criminals, scammers are targeting victims and what they are seeking.

"It is even more beneficial to learn what you can do to protect yourself from these issues.

Snr Const Smith said that for many years residents in the Mackay police district had been targeted by an enormous variety of phone scams and cyber-crimes.

"Small business and retired residents are the predominant targets to date, although no demographic has been excluded overall,” he said.

There will be a short break and a free morning tea for those who take part in the session.

While it aims to educate Mackay's older community members, everybody is welcome to attend, seek information, develop new skills, build self-esteem and interact with others in the community.



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