FREE workshops to raise awareness of scams targeting the elderly are to be held in Harlow and Sawbridgeworth.
At-home care provider Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford has joined forces with national charity Think Jessica to organise the sessions.
They will take place at the Home Instead office in Station Road, Sawbridgeworth, on Wednesday, February 19th and at the Hawks radio station shop unit in Little Walk, Harlow, on Friday, February 21st.
The aim is to share information about the scale of the problem and the most common scams targeting the elderly as well as offering advice on what to do if people believe they may have fallen victims to scammers.
Home Instead has also put together a fraud protection kit which contains information on the most common scams, tools to help assess the risk and checklists to help senior citizens take practical action to lower their risk of becoming a victim.
David Bassett, organiser of the Sawbridgeworth workshop, said: “The faceless criminals who use email, telephone and post to lure their victims into parting with their life savings, personal banking information and other assets can prey in particular on the elderly who they see as easy targets for their crimes.
“These types of scams defraud individuals in the UK of an estimated £3.5bn 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. That’s exactly what we’re doing with our workshops.”
Both workshops take place from 10am-noon. For more information call (01279) 721443 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk.