Protecting the elderly from scams

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No one likes to hear of the elderly being the victims of scams, often losing far more than money alone.

With a view to protecting the elderly from scams the issue the home care provider franchise Home Instead have developed an awareness programme  and a Senior Fraud Protection tool-kit.

Shockingly 7 out of 10 elderly people are targeted by scammers each month which is why they need our protection because generally they are at more risk. This is through no fault of their own , being elderly scammers see these people as having a life-time of savings and want a share of it.

Many elderly people also live alone and have limited contact with family and the outside world and are as such less likely to know about the scams that are happening.

Protecting the elderly from scams is made harder by the fact  that by nature  they are more trusting and find it easy to find the conman on the end of the phone friendly and believe they are really trying to help them. Millions of fraud victims have been  brain washed by criminals who are accessing not only the minds of their victims, but also their bank accounts.

The top scams currently are;

Post, telephone and internet scams are used to dupe millions of people into parting with personal information, bank details, and hard cash.

PPI   You receive a call from someone claiming to be from a claims handling company saying you have been awarded compensation for “Mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance”. They ask for your bank details to release funds.

Clairvoyant   You receive a letter saying that you are due to have a difficult time ahead in life and then blackmail people into sending money to the ” clairvoyant” to avoid this happening.

Internet   This one got me  and I am not elderly. The victim is called by Microsoft and asked to follow instructions which enable the scammer to remotely access your PC to rectify a fictitious problem. They are then able to access security passwords and logins.

For more information on this matter visit the Home Instead  website.









Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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