How to Avoid a Scam
Has anyone knocked on your door wanting to help you save money on your energy bill? Have you been offered a dream vacation for just $50? Have you been asked to verify your account online or over the phone? If you answered “yes” to any of these then you’ve encountered some of the most recent scams in Canada. A scam is a quick profit scheme used to trick people out of money, valuables, and information. Everyone can be scammed however older adults, new Canadians, and those living with disability are at a greater risk to fall victim. Brain Care Centre offers an educational class called Scams 101, educating clients about the most recent scams and what to do when they’ve encounter a scam. Here are some general scam safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
- Watch the news to stay up to date with recent scams
- Ask a family/friends for advice if you’re unsure
- Always call the organization directly to verify any accounts
- If you ever feel threatened hang up and call the police on the non-emergency line
For more great tips or to register for the next Scams 101 class, contact Brain Care Centre at 780-477-7575 today!
Written By: Marisa Henschel
Marisa is the Assistive Device Training Coordinator at Brain Care Centre. Her role here is to teach electronic devices to aid individuals who are looking to increase their independence, memory, and organizational skills by using technology. She is an alumni of The University of Calgary and MacEwan University where she graduated with a degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.