Local councillor attends scam awareness event

Home Instead Wrexham and Deeside who provide care to older people in their homes in Wrexham, Deeside and the surrounding areas recently hosted a successful scam awareness event at Acton Community and Resource Centre.

The event was attended by local councillor Mike Edwards and Community Agent Arthur Evans, and was held in response to the recent reports of elderly people in the community being targeted by scammers. It showcased Home Insteads’ public education programme, which offers tips and advice to help educate older people on how to protect themselves from falling victim to this abuse, they also included their FREE ‘Senior Fraud Protection Kit’.

The Home Instead programme has the support of national scam awareness charity, Think Jessica, and helps to raise awareness of mass marketing scams. Home Instead aims to provide as many people as possible with details about the most common scams targeting the elderly, as well as what to do if they have fallen victim to scammers.

Owner of Home Instead, Matthew Murray-James said, “Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that elderly people in the area are being targeted by scams. The ‘Faceless’ criminals who use email, telephone and post to lure their victims into parting with their life savings, personal banking information and other assets, often prey in particular on the elderly who they see as easy targets for their crimes.

“These types of scams defraud individuals in the UK of an estimated £3.5 billion each year, and have very serious consequences for the elderly who can suffer devastating emotional distress plus loss of confidence and trust, which can lead to a loss of independence. The sad thing is that much of this could be avoided with better awareness and education.

“In launching the Senior Fraud Protection programme, it is our hope that we can branch out into the wider community and keep as many people as possible better informed and better armed with the knowledge to correctly recognise and respond to scams and scammers.”

Local Councillor Mike Edwards also commented, “A great service for elderly people to combat a problem that is becoming ever more prevalent today.”

The fraud toolkit contains information on the most common scams, tools to help assess the risk of an elderly loved one, plus really useful checklists to help seniors take practical action to lower the risk of becoming a victim of a scam.

To obtain your FREE copy of the Senior Fraud Protection Kit, or to find out about the workshops, please visit the Information & Resources secion of our website and for more information please call 01978 660423.

(L-R): Cllr Mike Edwards, Community Agent Arthur Evans, Owner Matthew Murray-James, Margaret and Mrs Dobie
(L-R): Cllr Mike Edwards, Community Agent Arthur Evans, Owner Matthew Murray-James, Margaret and Mrs Dobie