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Protect vulnerable residents with dementia from fraudsters

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Relatives of people living with dementia are being urged to get involved in a new initiative aimed at clamping down on predatory fraudsters.

We have been awarded £405,000 by the Life Changes Trust to work in collaboration with Angus and South Ayrshire Councils to develop a preventative approach to protect people with dementia from financial exploitation.

As the project gets under way the Council is now reaching out to families of people living with dementia who are concerned their loved ones could be at risk from scammers.

People living with dementia are at great risk of falling prey to scammers and carers are often very worried about how to prevent their relative becoming a victim of a scam. It helps to tackle the risk in the early stages of dementia when a person still has capacity to understand and accept the important help that can be provided by the council's Prevention team. The aim of this project is to offer people with dementia an individualised, person-centred package to safeguard them from financial exploitation, on the doorstep, by telephone, by mail or online. Councillor Vincent Waters -  Convener for Environment

Each local authority area will bring together local and national organisations to develop and deliver a package of preventive measures, including practical solutions and various types of useful technology, for example, call blockers. Call blockers screen incoming phone calls and either block any unknown or unauthorised numbers or transfer them to a nominated family member or guardian.

The three authorities involved in this project are passionately committed to empowering and protecting residents living with dementia from predatory fraudsters. It's hard to believe that people would be so callous as to target this group directly, but sadly it happens and the consequences for the person and their family are often devastating. Thanks to funding from the Life Changes Trust, we can proactively identify residents at risk and introduce practical solutions to stop unwanted nuisance and scam telephone, mail, internet and doorstep contacts.
Paul Holland - Principal Prevention Officer

Figures issued by Citizen's Advice in 2014 showed that the most common type of scam takes place via telephone (34%), almost a quarter took place on the internet (24%), 16% came through letters and one in ten scams were via email. Other types of scam include face-to-face visits, such as doorstep crime.

The Life Changes Trust is an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.

If you are concerned about a member of your family or a friend, call ERC Prevention Officer Dan Pettigrew on 0141 577 3782 or visit our Prevention team section.

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