12:02pm 12th March 2014
People with dementia in Buckinghamshire are being shown how to spot doorstep or phone fraud scams.
At-home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care, and the Alzheimer's Society have been holding cafes to show people what they shoud look out for.
There have been bank card scams over the phone in the last few months in Aylesbury Vale.
You can also get a 'Senior Fraud Protection Kit'.
Organiser of the workshops, Lee Harrington, was delighted with the positive feedback he received from the fraud workshops. Comments included:
"I had no idea how complex these scams were"
"I will be very careful with my personal details in the future, thank you so much for sharing this information"
"I believe I have something like this mail arrive today, thank goodness you told me about this."
"Scams defrauded individuals in the UK of an estimated £3.5 billion each year and have very serious consequences for the elderly who can suffer devastating emotional distress plus loss of confidence and trust which can lead to a loss of independence.
The sad thing is that much of this could be avoided with better awareness and education and this is what I intend to do.
"In addition to our workshops, we have also launched our 'Senior Fraud Protection Kit' which contains information on the most common scams, tools to help assess the risk of an elderly loved one, plus really useful checklists to help seniors take practical action to lower the risk of becoming a victim of a scam."
For information regarding the workshops or the 'Senior Fraud Protection Kit', please call 01844 202778 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/aylesburyvale.