Brett’s Scam Watch – Online Safety

Loyalty Programs

Loyalty points programs are a popular way for businesses to reward their loyal customers, offering them various incentives and benefits. However, cybercriminals have identified these programs as a new avenue to exploit innocent consumers. Loyalty points scams have been on the rise, with criminals sending deceptive messages to unsuspecting individuals, aiming to steal both their valuable rewards and personal information.

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Our Community Awards –  Nominations open 

The 2023 Not-for-profit Treasurers’ Awards are open and we’re sharing to encourage you to participate in this free recognition and awards program for your club. 

The awards are designed to recognise the contribution that not-for-profit treasurers make to their community groups, to the not-for-profit sector and to Australian society, Our Community would love your help in celebrating our community treasurers (and we’d love to see some ASCCA clubs celebrating their Treasurers!)

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From the President’s Desk June

Jennifer Willcox

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. As we enter the month of June, which signals the beginning of the Ngoongar season of Makuru, which is cold and wet between now and July!  I am delighted to share this month’s news and updates with you through the ASCCA eNews.

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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

New International Plain Language Standard being Introduced

A major challenge in reading information online is the use of language. With new terms and acronyms it can seem like things are getting more complicated all the time. Fortunately on 20 June a new international plain language standard will be released which can help make the web an easier to understand place.

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Tech News

iPhone 14 SOS via Satellite now available in Australia

iPhone with the Emergency SOS via Satellite screen active

Apple introduced its Emergency SOS via satellite service for iPhone 14 users in Australia and New Zealand last month. This groundbreaking safety feature allows users to connect with emergency services even when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage available

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Brett’s Scam Watch

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EOFY Scams 

As the financial year draws to a close in Australia, it’s essential to remain vigilant against scammers who often exploit this time of the year to target us. These fraudsters employ various tactics, such as email and SMS phishing, to deceive people into divulging sensitive financial information or making fraudulent payments.

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Club Development

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Engaging with New Learners in a Seniors Computer Club

As a seniors computer club, one of our primary goals is to help our members learn about using technology and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and tools. However, attracting and retaining new members can be a challenge, especially if they are unfamiliar with the world of technology. In this article, we will discuss some tips and suggestions for engaging with new learners and making them feel welcome in our club.

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Scott’s Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Accessible Gaming

Many of our children and grandchildren often tell us how much they enjoy gaming online. Whether it’s using a video game console, a powerful Windows PC or casual gaming on a mobile phone or tablet, it has definitely got their attention. Seniors often ask themselves if this is an area where they can join in, and this is even more true of seniors with disabilities.

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CSUN Accessibility Conference

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Exciting Highlights from CSUN, the World’s Largest Assistive Technology Conference.

By Laetitia L. Thompson, Senior Digital Content Editor at the Centre for Accessibility, Australia.

The California State University, Northbridge Centre of Disabilities (CSUN), once again held its annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference this month in California at the Anaheim Marriott.

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Scam Watch

As more seniors use technology to shop and sell goods online, it’s important to be aware of the potential for scams. One scam that has recently emerged on Facebook Marketplace is the use of PayID for payment.

PayID is a digital payment system used in Australia, which allows users to link their bank account to a unique identifier such as their phone number or email address. Scammers have been taking advantage of this system by asking buyers to pay through PayID, instead of the usual payment methods such as PayPal or bank transfer.

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