by Susan Smith, Executive Director, Kemptville & District Home Support Inc.

It’s always a special treat to be outside relaxing at home on the veranda of our late 1800’s farmhouse. Periodically, I wonder what it was like living in earlier times. There was a lot of hard physical work, and people looked out for each other. Communities celebrated together and supported each other through tough times. It is wonderful that communities today still come together and support each other.

A huge difference today is with the advances in technology. The telephone is a wonderful tool to keep in touch with friends and family, both near and those living further away. A huge drawback is that we are more susceptible to abuse on the telephone, as well as by mail, or strangers knocking at our door. These scammers are stealing money from trusting people. It is so wrong what they are doing.

My husband recently had a call from someone claiming to be from Revenue Canada, the caller was so rude; the scammer called back three times, getting progressively more insistent that we owed money and were going to be in a lot of trouble if we didn’t settle up immediately. My husband hung up again. This would have been a very disturbing call if we had been dealing with any difficulties at the time. I have heard of so many of these persistent calls coming into our community, with some people even being threatened that the police would be coming if they didn’t pay quickly. We can be assured that the police in Canada are here to protect us. These scammers are abusive bullies.

I think that, sometimes, we get caught up in the calls because they can now look like local numbers for those that have call display on their phones, and we were raised to be polite. We would never have hung up on someone – that would be so rude! And yet, that is exactly what we need to do. The first few times I did it, I felt a bad. Now, I hang up as quickly as possible.

Remember, that these scammers are bullies, whether they try to scare us and make us feel bad, or try to ‘sweet talk’ us into buying something that never comes, or is way overpriced. They all have one purpose – to steal our money. Being pressured into something should set off warning bells. Always remember that you can call us at Kemptville & District Home Support to help with any calls or interesting mail etc., and we can also connect you with other resources as well.

Let’s continue to keep our community safe from abuse and bullies. Keeping connected with others, and supporting each other, has an added benefit of enriching all of our lives.

The famed Dr. Albert Schweitzer stated, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Until next time,
Susan.

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