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Don't fall for scams

BryherBryher Posts: 9Member, Community advisor Whisperer
It's an unfortunate fact that older people are  often the target of fraudsters.  They come in all shapes and sizes, from the builder who offers to repair your roof, to the fake Microsoft engineer who rings to say your computer has been hacked. 

The way to protect yourself is not - in my opinion - to think that everyone is going to cheat you but to be aware of the latest ways that con men and women are trying to get hold of the little cash you might have. 

The Metropolitan Police maybe responsible for London but they have an excellent website available across the country - and booklet - that keeps you up to date with the latest frauds. Or try Action Fraud  (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/)  that way if you get an unexpected call from a fake BT engineer, or you are offered the investment of a lifetime, you will know how to react.  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is too good to be true. 
Bryher Scudamore
Older People Advisor
The Silver Line
Phone: 0800 4 70 80 90
Email: info@thesilverline.org.uk


  • wilkowilko Posts: 260Member Chatterbox
    @ Bryher
    good topic, a good point is if it to good to be true then it properly isn't. And if it is a limited offer just for today, the discount is just for today only, we are working in your area and see you need some work doing on the house. Remember banks building societies will ever ask you your log on or log in details over the phone.
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