National charity Age UK has received funding from Lloyds Banking Group for a new scam prevention and support programme to help older, vulnerable people recognise scams or recover from an incident. Group talks or individual sessions are now available across Oxfordshire – could you or someone you know benefit?
Sophisticated scams increased during the pandemic and older people are particularly vulnerable to them. Statistics show that in England and Wales, an older person falls foul of a scam every 40 seconds, resulting in 800,000 victims each year. Alongside the financial losses, being the victim of a scam can have a serious emotional impact and devastating consequences for health and wellbeing.
Considering all this, Age UK is keen to support older people to deal with scams. This new programme will provide the knowledge and assurance to spot and avoid scams. It will also help to reassure those who have been shaken by a previous incident, re-building their confidence.
Age UK Oxfordshire is able to arrange group talks or deliver one-on-one sessions as required. If you or a relative could benefit from such a session, contact Age UK on 0345 450 1276.
For advice and information on what scams look like and how to stay safe, download this document from Age UK on Avoiding Scams.