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Doorstep scams & Bogus callers

Scammers commonly target older people for doorstep scams. In fact, 85% of victims of doorstep scams are aged 65 and over according to the UK National Trading Standards. Here are some tips.

Doorstep scams are when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or trying to gain access to your home to steal items from inside.

While there are many legitimate tradespeople and officials, it’s wise to be on your guard when you answer your door. Doorstep scammers can be pushy and persuasive and it can be easy to fall victim. It’s especially important to be vigilant and aware if you live on your own.

Protect yourself

Lock, stop, chain and check

Whenever you answer the door remember to lock, stop, chain, check.

  • Lock: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door
  • Stop: think about whether you’re expecting anyone
  • Chain: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there
  • Check: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully – you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.

Put up a deterrent sign

You could put a ‘no cold callers’ sign up on your door or window, which should deter any cold callers from knocking on your door. You can download a free sign (PDF 236 KB) from Action Fraud.

Password protected

You can set up a password with your utility companies so you know that they are genuine if they send someone round. Phone your utility company to find out how to do this.

Nominate a neighbour

Find out if you have a nominated neighbour scheme where a neighbour can help to make sure if callers are safe. Contact your local Neighbourhood Watch or your local Safer Neighbourhood police team to find out more.

Check their credentials

You should always check a seller or trader’s credentials before agreeing to purchase their products or services. See our guide Avoiding scams (PDF 303 KB) for tips on how to do that.

Call the police

Finally, remember that you can dial 999 if you’re suspicious or the caller won’t leave. Call the police non-emergency number 101 if you’re not in immediate danger but want to report an incident.

If you’ve been the victim of scam

There’s no shame or embarrassment in falling victim to a scam – it happens to lots of people. If you report it, it may help to prevent others from experiencing the same thing.

You can report it to Action Fraud – they may be able to track down the fraudster. You can also contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service for advice.

The little book of big scams

The Little book of big scams by the Metropolitan Police offers more hints and tips to stop you becoming a victim of fraud.

The little book of big scams (PDF 14MB)

Product trials

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Sample of distraction burglaries last week:

A reminder of these discussing criminals and how they are breaking down society and making our vulnerable more isolated;
CCTV images released after elderly man attacked in alleged distraction burglary

Police want to identify these two men after an 80-year-old man was attacked last month in a distraction burglary. At around 4.20pm on 16th September …
Elderly woman targeted in distraction burglary near Walsall

POLICE have issued a warning to local residents after a distraction burglary took place near Walsall yesterday (Wednesday, October 5). At around …
Orange Police Warn Residents of Distraction Burglaries

ORANGE, CT – The Orange Police Department is warning residents to be aware of potential distraction burglary suspects in the area. Police said an …
Two charged over string of distraction burglaries in south Birmingham

Two people have been remanded in prison after being charged in connection with a string of distraction burglaries at pensioners’ homes around …
Appeal for information after distraction burglary in Wellesbourne

A man and woman stopped at a home on School Lane on Saturday September 24 and asked to use to the bathroom. While the man used the …
Police appeal following Watlington distraction burglary

Police say the incident happened in Fen Road at around 1pm on Tuesday, when a man attended the property and spoke to the elderly resident in the …
Distraction burglaries: Man & woman arrested and appeal to trace third suspect

West Midlands Police have arrested a man and a woman in Weoley Castle in relation to a series of distraction burglaries across South West …
Wanted in Essex: Men wanted for criminal damage, distraction burglaries and assaults

Police are also appealing for information following a burglary in Henry … man distracted a woman in her front garden while a second stole jewellery, …

Burglary – where its happening (report)

Burglary hotspot has been revealed as Dagenham, according to new research.

MoneySuperMarket has said that the RM8 postcode in the east London suburb had the highest burglary insurance claims.

14 out of the top 20 postcodes being in London.

The 20 postcodes named in the research with highest insurance claims:

1. RM8 – Dagenham, Becontree, Becontree Heath, in Greater London

2. IG2 – Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Alborough Hatch, in Greater London

3. M21 – Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Barlow Moor, in Manchester

4. DN2 – Intake, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills, in South Yorkshire

5. E18 – Woodford and South Woodford, in London

6. RM11 – Hornchurch, Emerson Park, Ardleigh Green, in Greater London

7. TW11 – Teddington, Fulwell, Bushy Park, in Greater London

8. BD2 – Eccleshill, Five Lane Ends, parts of Undercliffe, Fagley, Wrose, Bolton Woods, Poplars Farm, Swain House, Ashbourne, in West Yorkshire

9. EN4 – Hadley Wood, Cockfosters, East Barnet, New Barnet, in Greater London

10. IG3 – Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Hainault, Chignell, in Greater London

11 BD18 Saltaire, Shipley, Windhill, Wrose West Yorkshire

12 W4 Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green, Acton Green, Bedford Park London

13 TW5 Heston, North Cranford, West Osterley Greater London

14 IG8 Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Highams Park Greater London

15 LS28 Bagley, Calverley, Farsley, Pudsey, Stanningley (Pudsey) West Yorkshire

16 BR5 West Wickham Greater London

17 UB6 Greenford, Perivale Greater London

18 UB4 North Hayes, Yeading Greater London

19 N11 New Southgate, Friern Barnet, Bounds Green, Arnos Grove London

20 LS15 Austhorpe, Barwick-in-Elmet, Colton, Cross Gates, Galton, Halton Moor, Manston, Pendas Fields, Scholes, Temple Newsam, Whitkir.

Difference between a ‘rogue trader’ and ‘distraction burglar’

A distraction burglar gain access to one’s home from distracting or tricking the occupant(s) to steal cash or valuables.
Rogue trader’s cold call and deliberately overcharge often for cheap poor quality goods or services. i.e Charging for unnecessary duties. Damaging property in advance. Leaving work unfinished or claiming extras to extort additional money over agreed quote.

Ask your love ones have they heard about these crimes? And how they would react?

This crime or even the threat of it can cause health or mental health issues. Maybe your elder has been already effected? This is often true as it is an embarrassing event many would rather not admit.

Tell your elder never pay for services in advance. Try not even engage will cold callers or at least request they return at a later date.

Early Detection of Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s gene may show effects on brain starting in childhood, study suggests

New research suggests Alzheimer’s may show its effects on the brain and thinking skills as early as childhood.

The study by the Academy of Neurology US with 1000+ children 3-20 year olds that participated in genetic tests and brain scans undertook tests of thinking and memory skills. The children had no brain disorders or other problems that would affect their brain development.

Children with the higher-risk APOE4 gene had differences in their brain development on average compared to children with other forms of the APOE gene.

Ian Le Guillou, Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society UK said:

‘These interesting findings suggest that people with the APOE4 gene have differences in their brains from childhood. However, we need to be cautious in interpreting these results as although this study involved over 1,000 children, there were less than 30 in the highest-risk group. We’d need to see these results replicated in a larger group, as well as having longer term follow-ups to better understand how the changes in the brain progress with age.

‘We cannot say who will go on to develop dementia, having the APOE4 gene does not mean that you will. Although people with the gene are at an increased risk of dementia, there are still things they can do to lower their chances of developing the condition. This includes taking regular exercise, not smoking and keeping their blood pressure in check.’

orignal story https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2626

Ideas on how best to protect your Elderly Parents from Scams

Your parents protected you when you were young, but as your parents age, they might need you to protect them. In addition to the health problems that often come with age, there are many people who prey on the aged. From confidence scams to identity theft, elder abuse scams can be a constant worry to people with elderly parents. But there are some things you can do to help keep them safe, and ease your mind.

Why Are Seniors Targeted?

Seniors are targeted by identity thieves for a number of reasons. For one, they are perceived as being more naïve than younger adults, which makes them more desirable targets for thieves. Age related cognitive decline, memory loss and dementia leave many seniors more vulnerable to predators, as it may take little in the way of coaxing to persuade them to share personal details or financial information. Seniors that live alone and are socially isolated are seen as easy opportunities, as they may be eager to talk to anyone who calls or knocks on the door.
Criminals also target older adults because they tend to have higher cash reserves and are less likely to open new lines of credit less. It could be months before they check their credit report and realize that they have fallen victim to identity thieves. Seniors are also less internet savvy than younger adults, so they are often the targets of online scams designed to trick them into providing their personal and financial information. While most 30-50 year olds are well aware of the spam emails and phishing scams used by online thieves, older adults may not be familiar with how ubiquitous these online scams have become.
Seniors who live in residential facilities are especially at risk, as caretakers and other employees may gain access to their personal records. There have been incidents in which nursing home employees were discovered selling the personal information of clients to identity thieves. As unfortunate as this is, an even more unfortunate fact is that friends and family members of older, impaired seniors are often found to be the responsible parties in cases of elderly identity theft.

1. Consult an attorney

There are several legal options you and your parents can take to protect their assets from scams, ranging from basic financial counseling to placing assets in trust or granting power of attorney. Talk to an experienced elder law attorney. You can pay the attorney’s fees on behalf of your parents, but the attorney should represent your parents’ interests and not yours.

2. Set up a trust

A trust is a legal relationship in which a one person, called a trustee, manages property on behalf of someone else, called the beneficiary. The trust itself owns the property, while the beneficiary receives the proceeds. By setting up a trust and appointing a reliable trustee, your parents can protect a wide range of assets. This can be a drastic step, so make sure you and your parents understand all the implications before proceeding.

3. Protect financial information

The elderly are common targets for identity theft. Simple steps like buying a shredder can go a long way toward keeping important information out of the hands of thieves. Talk to your parents about careful management of sensitive financial and personal information.

4. Keeping your personal details private

Advise your elderly parent or relative to never give out their phone number, address, bank details or any other personal information to anyone who emails, phones, or knocks on the door. Remind them not to give out personal or financial information to a stranger – no matter how friendly or persistent the caller or visitor is. Even if someone claims to represent a well-known charity, your loved one should hang up the phone.

5. Answering the door safely

If anyone comes knocking on the door that they are not expecting then they need to know how to answer the door safely. This is important to protect them from any bogus callers or distraction burglers who trick vulnerable people in order to gain entry to their home.

6. Further Support

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a scam, there is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s common unfortunately. It’s important that you talk about it with relatives and friends. Make neighbours aware of any bogus callers, and report it to the police.

Way To Prrevent Your Elderly Parents From Scams

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of identity thieves is to employ the following measures to prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands:
  • Do not provide your personal information by phone, mail or on the internet unless you have initiated contact with the recipient using verified contact information.
  • Shred all documents that contain financial or personal information before discarding them. Small wastebasket shredders can be purchased for a reasonable price at most office supply stores.
  • Keep track of your credit cards, and do not use them in untrusted establishments. Keep a watchful eye on wait staff and salespeople who run your card at restaurants and retail stores.
  • If possible, use a locked mailbox for incoming and outgoing mail. Avoid putting the flag up on your mailbox if you’re sending out bills, as this can invite thieves. When ordering checks, have them delivered to your door rather than left in an unlocked mailbox.
  • If you use online banking or make purchases over the internet, make sure your system is secure from spyware and viruses. Keep your antivirus software up to date and only make purchases from secure websites. Never send personal information via email, and use strong passwords on websites where you share financial details.
  • Never sign blank insurance claim forms.
  • Use caution when purchasing drugs on the Internet. Do not purchase medications from unlicensed online distributors or those who sell medications without a prescription.
  • Never give blanket authorization to a medical provider to bill for services rendered.
  • Ask your medical providers what they will charge and what you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket.
  • Do not respond to emails requesting that you verify your account information, password or credit card details.
  • Check your bank statements carefully each month for unauthorized activity, and request a copy of your credit report several times per year to make sure no one else is using your identity.

source: www.tipdisease.com

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