In light of the fraudulent telephone calls that have seen elderly residents on the Herts and Essex border conned out of thousands of pounds, the Sawbridgeworth branch of a national home care provider is organising an extra four workshops about staying safe against scammers.
Home Instead ran two sessions last month, where each person who attended received a 'senior fraud protection kit'.
David Bassett, organiser of the workshops, 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 fraud workshops.”
The free workshops are part of a programme being run by Warrington-based Home Instead in partnership with national scam awareness charity Think Jessica, as well as the Alzheimer's Society.
All four will take place at the company's office in The Maltings. Two are on Tuesday, April 8th, while the other two are on Tuesday, April 22nd. Sessions run from 10am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3pm on each day.
Those who attend will receive a kit to help protect against fraud. It includes a host of information, along with tools to help assess the risk of an elderly person being conned and checklists to guide senior citizens in guarding against fraudsters.
For more information on the workshops, call (01279) 721443 or visitwww.homeinstead.co.uk/sawbridgeworth.