This past Monday saw Age UK London work alongside London Trading Standards to host a Scams Awareness Workshop for local residents and businesspeople. Unfortunately we heard a number of very worrying statistics with huge ramifications for older people in London.
The plot itself is simple. Woodrow T. Grant (Bruce Dern) gets a letter that says he’s won $1,000,000 and decides to go and claim his prize. There are only a couple of problems. Firstly, he lives in Montana, and needs to get to Nebraska. The trip is about 800 miles, but he has had his drivers’ license revoked.
The second problem is that the letter is a scam.
Scams Awareness Month takes place every May and is designed to alert people to scams in their local area. Citizens Advice estimate that ‘every year more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams’ (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scams_awareness). So although being successfully targeted by fraudsters may feel embarrassing, it is by no means rare. Hillingdon council, for example, was recently successful in securing justice against a business called SAS Fire and Security Systems Ltd. The company had been targeting older people with expensive security contracts, based on the initial offer of a free alarm. You can read more on this […]