Helping Seniors Avoid Common Scams
Most of us have received a robot call from an unknown number claiming to be the CRA, Microsoft or any other organization. There is one common thread, they want your money. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups to fall for these scams, so here are some ways to avoid these common scams.
Avoid Common Scams
If You Don’t Recognize The Number, Ignore it
Rule number one to follow is if the number is not recognized, or is from an area code you do not recognize, ignore and block the call. Any real company will leave a voicemail, and always call back to their official number.
The CRA Will Never Phone You
The Canada Revenue Agency will never phone you. As per their website, they will never:
- ask for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s license
- demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others
- use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police
- leave voicemails that are threatening or give personal or financial information
This CRA scam is the most common in Canada and has defrauded Canadians millions of dollars.
Avoiding Digital Scams
If you are browsing the internet and all of a sudden you get a suspicious “pop-up” that seemingly freezes your computer and asks you to call a number, it’s a scam. To revert your computer to normal, simply turn it off and on, avoid that website in the future. Do not under any circumstance call the phone number.
Ask For Help
If you find yourself in the midst of a suspicious call or email, ask a trusted friend for help. Many of these scam companies prey upon seniors as they are usually less “tech-savvy” than younger generations. That being said, these scams do work on people of all ages, but if you are not sure, it’s better to ask for help.
These scams are at an all-time high in Canada, and it’s more important than ever to be vigilant. Never give anyone money or access to your computer over the phone. If you need any help identifying a possible scam, Riverside Senior Living‘s staff can assist you.