Zoomer News met with with Kathleen Lavin, one of many older Canadians who has fallen victim to an Internet scam.
In this particular scam, Lavin was alerted to a problem with her computer via an Internet popup. "Suddenly the screen turned a brilliant red and [there was] an incredible noise," she says. "It said 'your computer is about to crash.'" After calling the number on her screen for "technician's assistance", she was told it would cost $200 to fix so she reluctantly provided her credit card information. Later, she found a charge for $471 on her monthly statement.
It's cases like these that have prompted Home Instead Senior Care, to develop a quiz to help potential targets stay one step ahead of the scammers. "I took the quiz myself," says Jason Peddle, a Vulnerable Persons Coordinator for the Toronto Police. "I think the scenarios presented in the quiz are very common."
Take the online fraud quiz here.
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