There have been warnings in the UK of a phone scam targeting the elderly whilst pretending to be the police and even your bank.
Phone scam & fraud
Although police are working hard to find and arrest those involved it’s worth being sure who you are talking to on the phone and sharing this article with elderly loved ones. Being a victim of fraud can be damaging both financially and emotionally.
We have out together a short and simple guide to help stay safe from phone scams targeting the elderly. See our top three tips below to stay safe from phone scams.
3 Tips to prevent being scammed
- Don’t transfer any money over the phone, try to go into your bank and speak to someone face to face if at all unsure.
- If asked to call your bank always phone a friend or family member in-between calls to check that the line hasn’t been held open by the previous caller.
- Call the police on 101 if you are unsure of a phone call you have received to get their advice.
Share with elderly people you know
Make sure you share this news with anyone you know who could be vulnerable. If your elderly relatives aren’t regular readers of Telecare Choice online, print out this page to give them a copy to keep next to their phone as a reminder to be cautious.
Comment below if you or a loved one has been a victim of a phone scam, what was your experience? And if you have any more tips to share, please contribute @TelecareChoice.