Older people warned of scam targeting

Posted on 11 February 2011

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has joined Age UK in urging older people to be aware of mass-marketed scams, which can affect those paying for long term care.

Over-55s account for nearly half of those who say they have been approached by fraudsters, according to OFT research, prompting the office to launch Scam Awareness Month as part of its Older People and Crime initiative.

The scheme will involve training more than 100 volunteers from Age UK to advise older people on how they can spot and avoid a scam.

"We want older people to recognise the warning signs, and feel confident enough to seek advice from friends and family or organisations like ours," said Michele Shambrook, operations manager of OFT advice service Consumer Direct.

The organisation is also encouraging people to take part in a nationwide "scamnesty", where they drop suspected fraudulent communications into boxes in public areas.

Age UK today (February 11th) launched Bobble Day, an event designed to promote its Spread the Warmth campaign to improve heating in older people's homes.

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