Home Instead Sheffield will be releasing a new public education programme in the coming months to highlight the issue of elderly people being targeted by scammers. A lot of us are aware of some of the scam mail sent through our doors, displaying messages such as 'fill in your details to claim your prize', however some elderly people respond to these messages and as a result are bombarded by further scam mail sent by criminal organisations. Money isn't the only thing gained by these scammers; trust and independence are also taken, leaving many elderly people vulnerable and even isolated.
The Home Instead Senior Fraud Protection programme is partnered with a charity called ‘Think Jessica’. The charity was setup by Marilyn Baldwin, the daughter of an ageing parent, who had been victimised by these scammers; Marilyn believes that Think Jessica is aiming ‘to protect elderly & vulnerable people from scams which come through the postal system and criminals who contact them by telephone’.
The programme as a whole identifies the various types of scams in circulation today, as well as providing tips and strategies that can help people avoid being targeted by scams in the future. The Date for the first workshop is yet to be confirmed, however once this has been arranged, we will be posting the information on our information and resources page.