Keeping the elderly safe from scams
Dean Dunham was back in LBC studios this week talking to Clive Bull on the latest ‘Consumer Hour Show’. This week’s talking point involved scams and how fraudsters are targeting the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months.
Be aware of energy saving scams
Elderly people are being ripped off by a new scam doing the rounds and Dean says that one man, in particular, fell victim to a scam which cost him well over £500 after thinking it was going to save him money on his energy bills.
How do they scam the elderly and vulnerable?
These scammers say that a government initiative can save you 40% on your energy bill for the year. Dean says this is nonsense and we need to make people aware of this scam to make sure your hard-earned cash/pensions are not being handed over to fraudsters.
“People are vulnerable when words like ‘government’ and ‘savings’ are used,” Dean said. “You must look out for your elderly loved ones and friends because they are the targets, especially this time of year.”
So the next time you speak to an elderly relative, here’s some questions and advice from Dean to give them regarding scams:
- Have you had anyone knock at the door recently trying to sell you something?
- Don’t ever buy anything from your doorstep.
- Check for unfamiliar post because it could be potential scam letters.
- Make them aware of scam emails and not to click anything suspicious.
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