Do you have an elderly relative or neighbour that you think maybe at risk? Like this project can you help give them the tools and support to say no to scammers?
Victims can fight back not just by reporting the fraud to help the authorities prosecute these fraudsters but by seeking to recover their losses through civil proceedings. Victims all too often need the support of a loved one or someone who has their genuine interests at heart which when absent can lead to a further downward spiral for the victim.
A NEW project has been launched in Sussex to protect elderly people from become victims of scamming. Age UK East Sussex - the main countywide charity working with the elderly - has developed this service to support people who have been, or are at risk of, being scammed. Around three quarters of all scam victims are aged 70 or over and 65 percent live alone, often socially isolated with little or no support. A charity spokesman said: "It is staggering that in Sussex - over a three month period - those most at risk lost an average of £23,000, with the highest individual loss of nearly £500,000.