Having partnered with the national scam awareness charity, Think Jessica, Home Instead Sheffield has launched an education programme to provide members of the community with tips and information on how they can protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud.
Unfortunately, fraudsters who use; telephone calls, email and post to steal personal information such as banking details, see the elderly as easy targets.
Working with elderly members of the community for so many years in Sheffield, we have seen first-hand the devastating effects fraud can have, both financially and emotionally.
Here are Home Instead’s top tips on how to spot a fraudster:
1. Always double check – look letters and emails over a few times before assuming they are legitimate, sometimes it is good to get a second set of eyes to look at them should you be unsure of anything.
2. Be careful what you say – Do not divulge personal information or bank details over the phone or by email unless you initiated this, genuine callers such as the bank do not ask for sensitive information through these channels.
3. Never send cash – do not send money of any form to a stranger, even if they say it is for a ‘free prize’. A holiday to Hawaii for £50 is too good to be true!
4. Don’t be afraid to stop a cold caller – If you don’t want a conversation with a cold caller to continue, use phrases like; “I never buy anything over the phone” or simply “I’m sorry, I’m going to have to hang up.”
5. Check the web address! - A secure web address where you’re asked to enter personal information should always start: https://. Websites which start http:// (without the ‘s’) are not secure.
If you would like more information about the Senior Fraud talks we hold across Sheffield and Barnsley, then do not hesitate to contact us on 0114 246 9666 or email [email protected]
6 Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL.