Scammers Awareness group project

Mr Paul O’Dea1, Bernard Denny1, Craig McAllister1, Alan Duffy1, Felice Kirby1, Ian Williamson1, Tauren Lea1, Michael Cherry1, Morrie O’Connor1, Siyu Song1, Kelee Sheard2

1Nundah Scams Awareness Group, Australia, 2Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op, Australia

Background
Scams are a form of financial exploitation. A group of people with intellectual disability who had been victims of scams came together to educate themselves about scams and to educate others about scams.

Method

  • The group met to discuss their experience of scams.
  • The group created a Scam Framework that identifies scams as:
    • Romance scams
    • Mate scams
    • In Person scams
    • Internet scams
  • The group developed a Scams Workshop.
  • The group created a framework for presentation.
  • The framework was developed by talking about what made for a bad presentation and what made for a good presentation.
  • A bad presentation was identified as:
    • Going on too long
    • Using words people didn’t understand
    • Talking at people and no opportunity for involvement or interaction
    • Presenting the information only one way e.g. only talking
    • No humour
    • Presenters who just read from notes and didn’t interact e.g. have eye contact
  • A good presentation was identified as:
  • Not too long
  • Simple language
  • Fun
  • Interaction and involvement of audience
  • Visuals
  • Multiple methodologies.

Results

  • The group developed an engaging and interactive Scam Awareness Presentation.
  • The presentation has been given on 10 occasions.
  • Feedback:
    • Informative
    • Engaging and promoting discussion
    • Interactive
    • Fun

Implications

  • Example of personal problem to public issue.
  • Example of people with intellectual disability developing ‘successful presentation framework’ and then developing successful presentation.

Biography:

Ian Williamson is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group, Board member of IYHG Ltd, Board Member of CLA Inc, Board member of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op.

Alan Duffy is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group, peer mentor, Board Member of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op and CLA Inc.

Michael Cherry is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group.

Kelee Sheard is a self-advocate, member of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op.

Felice Kirby is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group.

Paul O’Dea is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group, Board member of CLA Inc, ASID National Board, Board member of IYHG Ltd, Emerging Leaders Mentor with Queenslanders with a Disability Network.

Craig McAllister is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group, Board member of IYHG Ltd, member of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op, video producer.

Bernard Denny is a self-advocate, founding member of Nundah Scammers Group, President of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-op.

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