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Advice for elderly to avoid scams

 
Created on 06/08/2020 @ 10:27
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Staff at a local care provider area are offering free advice to the elderly on avoiding scams and fraudsters during the current climate.

Abacare says the elderly are some of the most vulnerable people to fall victim to fraudsters and, according to National Trading Standards, 85% of victims of doorstep scams are aged 65 or over.

Jane Jones (pictured), Registered Manager at Abacare, which provides care across Welshpool, said: “Due to the current climate, there is a lot of uncertainty in the world and there have been lots of new scams cropping up that exploits this.

“Recent scams have included medical kits that aim to prevent or cure Coronavirus and counterfeit or unsafe medical supplies such as hand sanitiser and swabbing kits. There’s also been a rise in financial scams including phone calls from people pretending to be banks or mortgage providers.

“The old-fashioned online and doorstep scams, such as people posing as charity collectors or salesmen and phishing emails, are also still prevalent, so people should always be alert.

“Everyone should be aware of potential scams. It is extremely important that people, particularly the elderly, understand that their bank or mortgage provider would never phone and ask for personal details or money.

“If you or an elderly loved-one receives a knock at the door from anyone you don’t know, you should ask for ID, or if you are not expecting anyone, simply don’t answer it. Especially during the current social distancing restrictions.

“There are lots of genuine volunteers providing food and essentials for the elderly and vulnerable at the moment. They should provide ID or should be a trusted family member or friend.”

Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes. The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person-centred care to people throughout the UK. 

Jane added: “Everyone should be wary of unexpected emails and don’t click on links in attachments. Always go to the organisation’s website to check correct information and contact details. Unsolicited texts asking about an accident or PPI and emails requesting money be sent abroad are becoming a regular occurrence for mobile and internet users. Ignore and delete immediately.

“You can register phones via the Telephone Preference Service and stop unwanted mail via the Mail Protection Service.

“Most importantly, you should trust your instincts. If anyone makes an offer that is simply too good to be true, it probably is and therefore is probably a scam.

“If you can, look out for signs of neighbours in your community being targeted by doorstep criminals.”

Abacare is currently recruiting and anyone interested should call 01686 625644. People can also find out more information about job vacancies at www.indeed.com/cmp/Abacare.

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