More than 50 local seniors learned about how to avoid common scams online after attending Ross Vasta’s Safer Internet Forum for Seniors at the Mt Gravatt Bowls Club last Friday.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said the free forum included presentations from Queensland Police and the Office of Fair Trading to shed light on the latest scams and frauds catching out internet users.
“As the online world gets craftier with their scams and ripping off more Australians every day, it’s important we remain informed of their latest fraudulent attempts, especially for older Australians who aren’t often used to using the internet,” Mr Vasta said.
“I was very pleased to be able to put this event together to help our seniors and give them access to some great information and resources.”
Forum attendee Joan Rowlands said the presentation was entertaining as well as informative.
“Ross’s presentation on cyber security was very, very interesting and we need more politicians like him,” Ms Rowland said.
Holland Park Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Kylie Doyle said the presentation informed the audience on how to be better protected online and trust your gut instinct.
“If something doesn’t feel right it usually isn’t, so make sure you seek assistance if you’re feeling uncertain,” Sgt Doyle said.
“Keeping the community safe online by learning online protective behaviours is the best way the police can ensure online safety.”
Mr Vasta thanked the Mount Gravatt Bowls Club for supplying the venue and the LNP State candidate for Mansfield Janet Wishart for her support.