Action Desk: Older and wiser to beat scams

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OLDER people are being targeted by a campaign to protect them from scams.

OLDER people are being targeted by a campaign to protect them from scams.

The Office of Fair Trading and Age UK have joined forces to urge older people to speak up before they fall victim.

Older people are more likely to be targeted by scammers with over 55s accounting for almost half of people who say they have been approached, according to OFT research.

Age UK is training 100 volunteers across England and Wales to advise on scams by visiting older people in local community groups such as at day care centres and coffee mornings.

It has also produced two free information guides Avoiding Scams and Staying Safe.

Helena Herklots, services director at Age UK, said: “Although crime against older people is less likely than other age groups, people in later life can be an attractive target for scammers.

“Fortunately, a lot of scams can be avoided, provided people have the right information and advice and know what to look out for.”

If you are unsure of an offer, speak to family or friends and seek advice from Consumer Direct before sending any money or giving out any banking or credit card details.

Stop, think and be sceptical. If something sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Do not be rushed into sending off money to someone you do not know.

Think about how much money you could lose from replying to a potential scam.

To obtain the leaflets call 0800 1696565 or visit