A Care firm for the elderly is holding scam awareness workshops after residents were targeted by conmen.
Home Instead, based in Shaw Heath, Stockport, has teamed up with the charity Think Jessica to provide older people with tips and advice to make them streetwise to phone and marketing scams.
Residents at Homebeck House, Gatley, and Radford House, Offerton, have been visited by the team.
Last month Stockport West’s neighbourhood police warned of two attempted cons on residents. One used a fake police logo on a letterhead and involved a premium rate dialling code, while the other was via a phone and victims were told they had computer problems. A spokesman for the Stockport West police team said: “We are getting reports about a computer scam, people getting telephone calls stating they are from Microsoft. “Don’t give out ant personal details to people you don’t know. If you have a computer problem take it to a specialist”.
At the workshops, elderly participants are told of the scale of the problem, the most common scams and what to do if they have fallen victim.
Further workshops are planned and the dates are below.
Commenting about the project, Managing Director of Home Instead, David Moore said: “Since we launched the workshops, we have been amazed about the number of people who have been scammed themselves or know someone who has. This type of fraud is very prevalent and definitely on the increase. The workshops that Gary is delivering will help us to protect those vulnerable people in our community that the scammers target”.
To get your free scam protection toolkit or to book on a workshop, please contact Gary at Home Instead on 0161 480 0646.
The Stockport office of Home Instead is part of a national network of over 125 offices. If you wish to find out more about the support we provide to help people live independently, please contact the Home Instead Team on 0161 480 0646 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport