Protecting Seniors from Fraud

Gary Wells delivering the fraud protection talks.
Gary Wells delivering the fraud protection talks.

There is a growing number of scams involving older people today and Home Instead Senior Care Stockport are raising awarenessto help protect older people and prevent them from losing valuable assets, independence and trust. To also raise awareness and inform people about fraud involving the elderlyand to provide tools and advice to avoid being affected by scammers and criminals to ensure older people can remain living independently in their own homes.

Home Instead Senior Care is supporting the national senior fraud awareness charity, ‘Think Jessica’.

The charity works to maximise awareness about the dangers of senior fraud as well as offering support and advice to victims and their families. It was formed in 2007 by Marilyn Baldwin (Jessica’s daughter), after her mother was scammed.

Jessica was hounded by criminals working in organised gangs for 5 years, receiving endless phone calls and approximately 30,000 criminal letters over this period.

Ideally placed to spread the message

We employ in the region of 7,000 CAREGivers who provide care for many thousands of elderly people across the country and we at Home Instead Stockport employ in the region of 70 CAREGivers to care for our 150 clients. To date Gary Wells (Community Development Officer) for Home Instead Stockport has raised awareness to just under 700 retired and elderly people in the Stockport/Tameside area.

This makes us ideally placed to spread the message about fraud and through this campaign our CAREGivers will become a nationwide intelligence network who will:

Look out for signs of scammer activity amongst our clients

Educate our clients about the scale of the problem and what to look out for

Arm our clients (and their families) with tools to stop scammers in their tracks!

Common Scams to look out for:

Older people are vulnerable targets from criminals who regularly devise new schemes in an attempt to steal their valuables; whether it’s their money, their identity, or their property.

Scams such as: Courier scams, Lottery & Prize draw Scams, PPI Scams, New Boiler Scams, Missed call scams starting with 070. Fake charities, Identity & Internet fraud and Bogus callers.

If you have been targeted or effected then please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or alternatively call the Police Non-Emergency number – 101 or if there has been a crime committed then 999. Or alternatively, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service advisor on 03454 04 05 06 for consumer complaints.

“You thought this could never happen to your parent or relative: the cruel and heart-breaking loss of his or her hard-earned life savings as a result of a scam”.

So, it is vital, that you need to protect yourself. There is a free “Senior Fraud Toolkit” available with information on how to protect you from scammers.

For your free Senior Fraud Toolkit, please call Gary Wells on 0161 480 0646 or visit our website www.homeinstead.co.uk/stockport

 

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home