March marks OPP’s fraud prevention month

March is the OPP’s annual Fraud Prevention Month and this year’s campaign will highlight five important topics pertaining to online safety, security and fraud prevention: Buying and Selling Online; Online Financial Scams; Securing Your Accounts and Your Identity; Email Scams; and Online Scams.

According to the press release from the OPP, “the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how Canadians shop, conduct business, learn and interact with each other. As a result, a significant shift has been made to utilize technology, which has resulted in considerable positive changes.

However, this has not come without a cost. This past year numerous Canadians, businesses and organizations have fallen victim to the destructive toll of cyber enabled crimes. Fraudsters have embraced technologies to engage, target and exploit victims, often with devastating financial and emotional effects.

All Canadians can take basic steps to better protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud. Some basic online tips include: Creating strong passwords; Avoid opening unsolicited emails or clicking on suspicious links or attachments; Restricting the amount of information shared publicly; Show caution with regards to social media; and Update technical security software.” Community Care holds regular webinars with Constable Aaron Miller with the PE Detachment of the OPP so that he can share up-to-date information on frauds against seniors and answer questions.

During March we’re holding a telephone chat with Constable Miller on Friday, March 19th at 11:30am.

No computer is necessary to participate. Advance registration is required and we can only accommodate 12 people on this chat. Call 613-476-7493 to get your name on the list. If you do fall victim to a fraud or know someone who has, the OPP urges individuals to contact their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone at 1-888-495-8501 or online by way of the Fraud Reporting System at www.services.rcmp-grc.gc.ca even if a financial loss did not occur.

Community Care files Income Tax returns for seniors for FREE Free filing of income tax returns for seniors 60+ who meet the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) eligibility criteria can be yours by calling 613-476-7493. Call today and find out how easy it is to get your taxes done. Community Care has participated in CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program for 39 years. Our volunteers are the best anywhere. They have been approved by both Community Care and CRA and they’re waiting to get started.

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-Debbie MacDonald Moynes