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World Elder Abuse Day – Learn the signs and stop the scams

Posted on 15th June 2018

Today is World Elder Abuse Day and we need you to take five minutes to learn about how to prevent vulnerable, elderly people falling victim to scams.

Anyone who works with elderly people on a regular basis, or has elderly friends or relatives, will know that they can be a group susceptible to scams.

That is why this simple online learning package has been created to help people spot a potential victim, learn about the different types of scams and learn how to report them.

Detective Inspector Debbie King said: “As part of Scams Awareness Month we are supporting World Elder Abuse Day and raising awareness of the vulnerabilities older people can suffer.

“My officers are out in Chesterfield today speaking to the public about the issues and helping people to learn how to spot the signs and stop friends and relatives becoming a victim.

“For those who want to learn more, or are unable to see an officer at today's event, the online course is a great resource for members of the public and those who work with elderly people.

“Fraudsters prey on those vulnerable people who may not have a support network and are isolated. That’s why it is so important that others around them know how to prevent them from falling foul of these criminals.”

Our officers will be in Chesterfield Market Place from 10am until 3pm today and are on hand to provide information and support to anyone concerned about elder abuse or scams in general.

The online training can be accessed here: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/course.php/2/friends_against_scams_online_learning

If you are concerned that you, or someone you know, may have been a victim of a scam the call us on the 101 number and report any frauds or attempted frauds to Action Fraud online here https://actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 20 40.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.