Home is where an older person should feel the safest. Scammers however have found a way to invade the secure lives of seniors by targeting older people's post, the telephone and internet/computers, as well as unsecured documents.
The growing incidence of scams involving older people is putting many older people at risk, threatening to strip them of their assets, their independence and their trust and that is why Home Instead has launched its Senior Fraud Protection public education programme.
As part of our programme, Home Instead is giving free talks to community based groups around Gloucestershire, highlighting some of the common scams and reasons why seniors are targets as well as providing tools to help older people stay safe at home.
This Summer we have also been invited to take part in the 'Personal Saftey Events' organised by the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) around the county. These events have provided invaluable information, tips and advice from a range of organisations including the Police, Fire Service, Trading Standards, Village Agents and many others.
Owner of Home Instead Amanda Hamer said "We are proud to have linked up with the national charity 'Think Jessica', which works to raise awareness of scams and supports victims and their families. 'Think Jessica' was set up in 2007 by Marilyn Baldwin, OBE, whose mother Jessica suffered for several years at the hands of fraudsters".
If you would like Amanda or a member of the Home Instead team to come and talk to your local group, completely free of charge, about our Senior Fraud Protection programme and how to stay safe at home, please ring us on 01242 513203 or 01285 353204.