Here’s some important information from our friends at Community Care:
We’ve launched a new, free guide, called Scamwise: Spotting, avoiding and reporting scams, to help older people and their families recognise scams and know what to do if they spot one or if they think they have been the victim of a scam, as well as advice on how to protect themselves from being scammed.
An estimated half a million older people in the UK have fallen victim to a scam.* However, the real number could be much higher because many people may feel embarrassed to admit they’ve been conned. Although anyone can be the victim of a scam, older people may be more vulnerable because scams often target people who live alone, are at home during the day, have more savings and valuables and are willing to talk to fraudsters.
Help the older people you work with by providing them with copies of our free guide Scamwise: Spotting, avoiding and reporting scams. Order by calling 0800 319 6789 or visit our website to order:
*. Age UK, Only the tip of the iceberg: Fraud against older people, April 2015, p.6
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