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Headingley 55+ Club Christmas Luncheon

Gimli Bus Tour

Bus tour to Gimli. Visit includes New Iceland heritage Museum to learn about the history and artifacts of the Icelandic people who settled this area.

Contact Gail 204-889-3132 ext1,  Bonnie 204-831-9000 or Shan 204-895-9147 for more information and to register.

Registration Deadline – July 10th

HSSI Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Headingley Seniors’ Services Inc is being held Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Headingley Community Centre.  All are welcome!

ROMANCE SCAMS: Recognize, Reject, Report It!

RCMP Romance Scam Bulletin:  February 2018

RECOGNIZE IT:
A Romance Scam involves any individual with false romantic intentions toward a victim in order to gain their trust and affection for the purpose of obtaining the victim’s money or access to their bank accounts or credit cards. In some cases, the suspect will even attempt to get the victim to commit fraud on their behalf – as a money mule (accepting, then transferring money or goods) often unknowingly. Most romance scams begin via social media sites or online dating sites.

  • 1066 complaints filed in 2017
  • 70% of the complaints were by people aged 40-70
  • $17M+ in reported losses in 2017

REJECT IT:  

How can I protect myself or loved one?

  • Be suspicious of someone you haven’t met in person who professes their love
  • Be wary when someone you met on social media quickly wants to move to private mode ie email, text
  • If you try to set up an in person meeting, be suspicious if they alway have an excuse to not meet
  • If you actually set up a meeting, tell family or friends when and where you are going and meet in a local, public place
  • Do not share personal or financial information with anyone you meet online
  • Never send intimate photos or video of yourself. Could be used as blackmail
  • Be cautious of a person who says they live close to you but is working overseas
  • Never send money for any reason. Scammer will profess emergency or distress to make you feel guilty but DO NOT send money
  • Never accept money. This is usually a form of money laundering and is a criminal offence
  • If you suspect a loved one is being scammed, explain your concerns and help them get out of the situation

Investigate:

  • Do an image search of the admirer to see if it is a stock or someone else’s photo
  • Look for inconsistencies in online profile vs what they tell you
  • Watch for poorly written or vague messages
  • If you have transferred money, stop the transaction if possible.

REPORT IT:

  • If you did send money, report it to the financial institution
  • Gather all information pertaining to the situation, including scammer’s profile name, how contacted, social media screenshots, email, etc and contact local police
  • File a report with CAFC toll-free 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca
  • Notify the site provider where you made contact
  • Notify neighbours, friends and family of the scam

Meeting new People online?  PROTECT YOURSELF!

  • Typical Victim: Aged 50-69, 60% women
  • How They Meet: Social networking, Online forums
  • Scams Stats: 1066 scams reported in 2017, only about 5% of all victims report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Additional guidelines can be found at:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: www.antifraudcentre.ca

Get Cyber Safe: www.getcybersafe.gc.ca

Competition Bureau (Little Black Book of Scams) www.competitionbureau.gc.ca

2017 CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE IN PICS

HSSI had yet another very successful Christmas Craft Sale.  It was an enjoyable, busy 2 days with lots of attendees.  We are so proud of our Craft Sale Committee members and all volunteers for their dedication to this event and their community.