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Fraud prevention advice for older people
8:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
North Yorkshire Police have teamed up with Age UK, the Library Service and the NHS to deliver fraud prevention advice tailored to older members of the community.
The campaign has been prompted by a number of people aged over 60 falling victim to so called “boiler room” scams.
Normally based overseas, the boiler room – or call centre – makes cold calls to potential victims offering investment opportunities. These can be in a wide range of supposed commodities and sometimes even offer a fraud recovery service to previous victims in order to defraud them further.
So far this year North Yorkshire Police is aware of at least £1.5 million being obtained fraudulently from victims across the county.
Now the force has teamed up with partners to make the booklet Avoiding Scams.
Detective Constable Melanie Spanton, of the Major Fraud Investigation Team, said: “If you have been the victim of this type of fraud and have not yet reported it, do so by contacting 101 or reporting to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”
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