Awareness of the types of scams that your loved one could be affected by is paramount to ensuring their safety online, on the telephone and via unsolicited mail. Home Instead have partnered with Think Jessica, a charity which works to raise awareness of scams and supports victims and their families, in order to spread the message about the scale of the problem and help protect seniors.
We held our first free Scam Aware Workshop earlier today. The workshop was specifically aimed at older people, family members, carers and people throughout the community, who may be vulnerable themselves, or know people who may be a target for scammers.
It was a very informal workshop, a short presentation followed by an open discussion. Caroline Wiggins the Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Co-ordinator attended, and made some very important points, I have now invited her back into our offices to talk to our CAREGivers at our next CAREGiver meeting about these issues.
If you know of a club or society which would be interested in having a short presentation on scam awareness then please forward my details to them.
We have a supply of hand-outs highlighting the possible scams aimed at the elderly and advice on what to look out for and what you can do to protect against them so if you are near our offices and would like some information just pop in and see me, Victoria Rigby.