Using the internet is a great way for seniors to manage their affairs and stay in touch with loved ones. But there are also risks that they need to be aware of.
Using the internet is a great way for seniors to manage their affairs and stay in touch with loved ones. But there are also risks that they need to be aware of. Jupiterimages

Seniors keep in touch on net

LOGGING on to the internet can be a great way for senior citizens to stay in touch and find out information.

But even checking emails can also pose a very real risk to those that aren’t aware of the potential dangers lurking online.

That will be the focus of the second part of a two-part community safety forum that will be held at Hervey Bay’s Senior Citizen’s Hall on Denmans Camp Road this morning.

The first part was held yesterday at the Hervey Bay Boat Club, focussing on opportunities to share practical crime prevention and community-safety initiatives.

Today the forum will focus on one of the most vulnerable sectors of the Fraser Coast community, with seniors advised on how to protect themselves online and in their general affairs.

Cassandra Cross will be speaking on behalf of the Queensland Police Service, educating seniors on the prevention of online fraud.

That will include a presentation asking seniors if they have ever received an email informing them of a lottery win when they had never purchased a ticket, or an email asking them to invest in an overseas company or scheme.

Other potential frauds include emails advising people of an inheritance from someone they have never met, requesting bank account details to deposit a sum of money or asking to confirm account details and passwords online.

There will be both informal and interactive sessions and there will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

Fiona Payne, from Seniors Legal and Support Service will also be making a presentation.

Hers will focus on elder abuse, in physical, mental and financial forms, and how to recognise it.

Her presentation will also focus on strategies to deal with elder abuse and risks to be aware of when completing an enduring power of attorney.

The presentations will start at 9am and morning tea will be provided.



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