Learn how to stay scam aware, and read what Home Instead Weston super Mare are doing to help train the community!
Have you ever picked up the phone to find someone on the other end asking you for money or your bank details? This is, scarily, a very common experience nowadays and sadly it is the elderly and most vulnerable that are the biggest targets for these scammers.
According to Citizen’s Advice: “In the first 6 months of June 2021 More than two thirds of adults (36 million) had been targeted by a scammer.
While over 55s are most likely to be targeted, those 34 and under are almost five times more likely to fall victim to a scam than their older counterparts, the charity can reveal.
Younger people were most likely to be targeted by text or messaging service (61%), while those over 55 were most likely to be targeted over the phone (73%).”
Here at Home Instead Weston super Mare, our Managing Director, Mike Keig has been providing free to attend Scam Awareness Workshops for elderly members of our community for a few years now. Since he started providing these workshops, Mike has trained over 500 vulnerable people to be scam aware and what to do if they do fall victim to a scam.
Mike has put on workshops all over Weston, including at our very own monthly Memory Café at the Hobbs Boat, at a community social group at the For All Healthy Living Centre, for the Western Active Stroke Group at Worlebury Golf Course, and for residents at Assisted Living facilities, Madeira Court and Fussells Court.
Mike’s workshop covers various types of scams, including bank scams, phishing scams, doorstep fraud, telephone, internet and email scams as well.
To help avoid falling victim to a scam, the Home Instead network recommends these tips:
If you think you have been scammed, or would like information or support about what to do if you are scammed then please call one of the following:
If you are part of a club, group or organization and would like to book Mike to come along and put on a workshop for you, the please call us on 01934 526892.