July is Scam Awareness month

July is Scam Awareness month. One of the top reasons elderly people are targets of scams is isolation or lonliness.  Read our Senior Fraud Protection Toolkit, full of tips, to stay safe https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/Resources/senior-fraud-toolkit.pdf

  • Stay on the safe side and shred elderly loved one's documents that could be useful to scammers, like bank statements and other financial documents. Keep important documents safe and out of the way. 
  • Add your older loved one's address and telephone number to the Mail and Telephone Preference Service (MPS and TPS) to avoid scam letters and cold calls. If your loved one is registered with the MPS and TPS and are still receiving unsolicited mail it's likely to be fraudsters.
  • Remind your loved one to NEVER provide personal information in a phone call they didn't initiate.
  • If an elderly loved one wants to make a charitable donation be safe and check it's registered with  the Charity Commission, call them on 0845 300 0218. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Help your loved one check for scam in their post. Ask them to gather their post and wait for your help to sort it out together. Even if you feel you're being over cautious they'll enjoy the time spent together.
  • Lonely and isolated people are vulnerable to criminals. Keep your eyes and ears open for a new 'friend' who is unwilling to meet you. Fraudsters want to protect their relationships from outside interference.
  • If you're unable to have daily contact with your elderly loved one ask trusted friends and neighbours to lend their eyes and ears to watch our for scams. Failing that, we are happy to help. Give us a call on 01777 712629

Home Instead have teamed up with National Trading Standards Scams Team to help prevent marketing fraud. Older people are often targeted as " easy victims" by scammers as they may be lonely or isolated and as they are generally retired are more likely to be at homemore often. Our employees are being invited to take part in scam aware e-learning so they can spot the signs of scams in our client’s homes. We can then report this scam activity, helping our local community become more scam aware..