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Resources aim to protect seniors from online fraud

June 15th marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to acknowledge the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

In Canada, about 10 percent of Canadian seniors are victims of crime every year, according to the Department of Justice, with fraud being the number one crime against older Canadians. The most common types of fraud are identify theft, credit and debit card fraud, online scams, and phone and door-to-door scams.

With more seniors going online each year, it’s important that they understand the threat of fraud so that they can better identify scams when they see one and ultimately protect themselves.

ABC Connect for Learning is a digital literacy program that offers free resources to those looking to improve their digital skills. The program consists of downloadable resources to help new internet users not only learn how to use the Internet, but also stay safe online. Whether you’re just getting started with the Internet or looking to learn about new technology, ABC Connect for Learning offers something for everyone.

In honour of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, ABC offers the following helpful resources to help Canadians stay safe online.

To learn more about ABC Connect for Learning, or to download resources or order printed workbooks, visit abcconnectforlearning.ca.