Learn psychology behind scams, how to avoid them
It is human nature to want to win a contest or be curious about offers that sound amazing, or to avoid legal trouble, and scammers know this about us.
At the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center we've heard about lots of scams: People receiving phone calls threatening jail time for a warrant or unpaid taxes, or family members needing immediate financial help.
Perhaps it's great news that you've won a prize or trip — who wouldn't love to be a big winner?
Or perhaps you receive an email from a friend with a curious subject line. You open the email to learn what's new with them and discover the email was a scam and now your computer is infected with malware.
Scams happen every day, and there is no shame in being caught in one. The smartest of the smart get scammed.
But we at the LOACC want to help you avoid getting caught in one, so we have invited Carlos D. Romo, a board member of Oregon Gerontological Association, to present information on how certain emotional triggers can leave people vulnerable.
The presentation will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8 at the center.
Romo will share ways to recognize and avoid scams and help people understand current scam and fraud techniques, giving practical steps we can take to protect ourselves and our families. Register today to learn how to avoid scams.
The lunch menu this week features beef tostado bowls on Friday, May 3 as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo; pork Cuban sandwiches on Monday, May 6 and spinach mushroom feta quiche on Wednesday, May 8. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.
The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details.
Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.
Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor for the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.