Campaign targets scammers who prey on South Gloucestershire’s elderly

March 28 2017

SOUTH Gloucestershire’s trading standards team is supporting the charity Crimestoppers in a campaign that tackles the scammers who target the elderly.

 

SOUTH Gloucestershire’s trading standards team is supporting the charity Crimestoppers in a campaign that tackles the scammers who target the elderly.

The operation comes after a number of incidents locally that have resulted in vulnerable people losing money to fraudsters.

Crimestoppers is working with Post Office Ltd on the campaign, which aims to highlight the problem of older people falling victim to criminals who use postal, telephone and online scams.

Heather Goddard, chairwoman of South Gloucestershire Council’s environment and community services committee, said: “These scams specifically target the elderly. The criminals behind them often completely bombard the victims with repeated telephone calls, letters and emails.

“This type of activity can not only be devastating for the victims financially, it can also very often have severe negative impacts on their health and well-being.

“We would encourage all friends, carers and relatives of potentially vulnerable individuals to be vigilant and report any concerns to trading standards or Crimestoppers so action can be taken.”

Detective Sergeant Marc Milliner, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We are all at risk from fraud but criminals are devious and prey on the vulnerable, especially older people. 

“We are focusing on identifying and supporting victims of fraud and urge people to look out for signs of a scam and report it as soon as possible.”

Peter Anderson, the West Country Crimestoppers chairman, said anyone with information about such crimes could contact the charity anonymously through its website www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555111.