Campaign to prevent elderly and vulnerable being targeted by scams in South Yorkshire

Crimestoppers launches a new campaign with the Post Office to prevent the elderly and vulnerable being targeted by scams
Crimestoppers launches a new campaign with the Post Office to prevent the elderly and vulnerable being targeted by scams
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A crime-fighting charity has joined forces with the Post Office to help stop scams targeting elderly and vulnerable South Yorkshire people.

Victims are being conned out of hundreds of pounds by fraudsters using postal, telephone and online scams.

Scams include false stories of lottery wins, inheritance from relatives and investment opportunities.

The Post Office and Crimestoppers are hoping to tackle the crime with a campaign to raise awareness in Rotherham and encourage more to speak out.

Gemma Wilson, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Yorkshire, said: “We can all be targeted by scams but the elderly and vulnerable are most at risk and we all have a duty to protect them.”

Rob King, Post Office senior security, said: “Being a victim of a scam can cause significant financial and emotional harm so we are pleased to be part of this partnership to stop such fraudulent activity.”

The campaign was launched at Rawmarsh Post Office, Rotherham, with the help of Marilyn Baldwin, of charity Think Jessica.

Mrs Baldwin, of Chesterfield, has campaigned to protect the elderly and vulnerable from scams since her mother fell victim.

She said: “My mother, Jessica, was in her late 70s when she fell victim to her first postal scam. Criminals put her details on a ‘suckers’ list, which was circulated to fraudsters all over the world and it became a nightmare that lasted for five years.”

Age UK Rotherham and South Yorkshire Police have also backed the campaign.

n Anyone with information about the scams should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.