Do not accept help from anyone you do not know or cannot verify who they are.
Do not hand over large amounts of money, your debit or credit cards or give your pin number to others.
Do not open the door to anyone you do not know, without viewing ID and do NOT let them in the house.
As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of scams. There have been recent reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods. Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends.
If you are at home more often it is good to be aware of other issues such as hoax calls, identity scams and distraction burglaries. If someone phones you or visits your home and you don’t know who they are please don’t share your personal details with them. Even sharing basic details with someone you don’t know, such as your name, can help someone commit identify fraud.
Crime prevention tips:
To report fraud or to find more prevention tips visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Message Sent By
Emma Ray (Police, Community Engagement Assistant, Staffordshire)
This section is about how to ask for help, receive help and to support your helpers in their work.