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Don’t let fraudsters prey on our elderly

By Express & | Readers' letters | Published:

The targeting of vulnerable elderly people by criminals eager to defraud them of their hard-earned money is occurring at an alarming rate across the Black Country.

It is a crime that is as widespread as it is heartless.

We have a small network of clubs and groups of elderly across Darlaston and Moxley where more must be done to keep local people informed and protected against fraudsters. It is all too easy to talk about isolated elderly and fail to actually reach the individuals most at risk by fraudsters.

Many victims fall prey to phone calls from someone claiming to be from a legitimate organisation such as a bank, utility company, council, or even police. They are then tricked into revealing financial information or transferring money into third party accounts operated by criminals.

Family friends and neighbours of elderly people also need to be aware of how they can offer assistance. We all have a role to play, keeping in touch with one another and giving a little time for others can help in a big way.

It is far better to talk with someone you know and trust before providing personal details over the phone or by email. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Be vigilant, be aware, make others aware, too, don’t let the fraudsters win.

Cllr Doug James, Walsall

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