Herald - Issue 427

4th August 2022 • The HERALD • Page 51 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v WE CARE, YOU CARE christinashomecare@hotmail.com Fully Qualified, Insured and Enhanced DBS Call me for a friendly informal chat to discuss whatever you or your loved ones needs are on 07579 766797 Christina’s Home Care Professional Independent Carer CoveringWaterside and New Forest New Scam as Victims Lose Thousands from Fraudsters Impersonating their Bank or the Police Did you know that in 2021, over £15 million was lost to courier fraud in the UK, a ecting over 3,600 victims? In the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, there has never been a greater need to protect vulnerable people from fraud and scams. e charity Crimestoppers is working with the City of London Police and Action Fraud to raise awareness of what courier fraud is, and how we can prevent it. Fraudsters create a false sense of urgency, Courier fraud is a scam where criminals pretend to be the police or the victim’s bank, where victims are tricked into providing banking details, withdrawing cash, foreign currency, purchasing gold, watches, or other expensive items. ese items, as well as bank cards, are handed over to strangers (known as couriers) who can turn up at your home in a false ‘race against time’ and pose as police or bank workers, claiming they urgently need to collect these items from the victim to protect their savings or property. in her 80s who was conned out of more than £30,000 a er handing over her debit card and her driver’s licence. For the vulnerable victims of this sophisticated scam, the emotional and nancial impacts can be devastating. For the criminal gangs behind it, the pro ts fund wider serious crime that impacts communities across the country. Crimestoppers, which is independent from the police, o ers individuals a way to speak up with information on those involved in courier fraud. Stay 100% anonymous by using their unique service. Call freephone 0800 555 111 at anytime or complete a safe and secure anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org, 24/7, 365 days a year. If you are a victim, then all courier scams must be reported to Action Fraud, which is run by City of London Police and remains the single reporting process for this type of o ence across England and Wales. However, if a crime is in progress, then we advise victims or witnesses to call 999. Sadly, in many cases, the victims oblige and are unable to claw back what they lose. Victims are o en vulnerable or older people. Around 60% of victims are over 70, and whilst the average loss per person is around £5,000, the highest single loss last year was £640,000. One victim was a woman Do You Know or Care for Someone who Is Living with Dementia? If you know or care for someone who is living with Dementia, Hampshire Search and Rescue are asking you to consider the Herbert Protocol to help the emergency services locate people with Dementia if they go missing. e Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that encourages carers, family and friends to provide and put together useful information, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. Simply complete the questionnaire and keep it in a safe place ready to produce to the police in the event of an emergency. is vital information will help search teams to gather all the relevant information and begin searching. Recording this information ahead of time will greatly reduce stress associated with trying to recall detailed information in an emergency. Please visit: bit.ly/2T1HQT7 to download a copy of the questionnaire. e Waterside Cancer Support Centre, part of Wessex Cancer Trust, o ers non-medical support to anyone a ected by cancer, whether you are a patient or a family member.  eir team of trained befrienders can o er you a cuppa and a chat and signpost you to external services that might also be able to assist, whilst their quali ed counsellors and complimentary therapists can support you at the Centre. Located at e Grove, in Hythe, opposite Lidl, they are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 2pm, so drop in to see them, give them a call on: 023 8178 0409 or email: waterside@wessexcancer.org.uk for more information. Waterside Cancer Support Centre