A crowd of more than 100 gathered for the annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk at Carrier Park in Asheville recently to share resources, build support and increase recognition of this important societal issue.
To shed light on the various cultural, social, economic, and demographic factors that contribute to elder abuse, Asheville and Buncombe County have been organizing the event since 2016 as part of ongoing efforts to combat neglect and abuse to seniors in the region.
This year, Givens Communities as a sponsor and participant provided “5 Tips to Avoid Online Scams.” As the global community increasingly depends on digital technology, there are those who will use it to take advantage of others. Staying vigilant to online crime is important for everyone, but can be especially so for older adults.
These are the tips Givens Communities shared at the Elder Abuse Awareness Walk to avoid risks and potential scams.
- Who is contacting you? Microsoft, or any large tech corporation, will never call you on the telephone to offer support.
- Beware of pop-ups If you see a pop-up on your screen with a number to call – do not call! Follow the same practice for text messages from unknown numbers.
- Disregard false alert messages or emails Scammers create elaborate ruses to either receive payment or gain access to your computer and exploit data.
- When in doubt, turn off your device If you receive a warning message on your device turn it off as a first step of precaution.
- Vet your vendors If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a company or agency you do business with, hang up and call a trusted line. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from a company you do business with, hang up and a listed number.
To report elder abuse in any form, contact the Buncombe County Adult Protective Services to be put in contact with a social worker.