World Alzheimer’s Day: action on scams
Anyone can be the victim of a scam, however, some people are more vulnerable to scams and criminals will use this to their advantage.
People living with a cognitive impairment such as dementia may be particularly vulnerable because they may be less able to distinguish a scam from a legitimate contact. Criminals also appear to be targeting people with memory problems specifically because they know they may not remember being scammed before.
That’s why a new guide has been produced: Are you or your loved ones being targeted by scams? Help to manage finances and avoid scams for people at risk and those who support them.
This guide has been prepared by the National Trading Standards Scams Team and the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University, working in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Halifax, and Bank of Scotland.