A Sefton-based charity will offer older Southport residents advice on how to avoid becoming the victims of fraud at a special event early next month.
Sefton CVS is running the senior fraud awareness event – Look who’s Phishing! – at its Southport Community Centre information hub on Norwood Road in the town between 10am and 1pm on Monday March 7th.
The drop-in session is designed to put the spotlight on the different types of fraud older people need to be aware of, from face-to-face doorstep crime to online scams.
Highlights of the event will include a talk by Merseyside Police’s Economic Crime Team on the growing threat of cyber crime.
This message will be reinforced by ‘digital eagles’ from Barclays Bank who will offer residents one-to-one advice on how to navigate the internet and shop online safely.
And everyone who attends will also be given a free copy of Home Instead’s Senior Fraud Protection Toolkit, a comprehensive guide to to the wide range of scams older people may come across, and how to combat them.
Southport Community Centre Manager, Philip Blocksidge, commented: “Hardly a week goes by without reports of fraud or attempted fraud against older people being featured in the newspapers, on the radio or on TV.
“That’s why we’ve organised this event, bringing experts from a number of organisations together under one roof to offer advice and guidance on this important subject.
“We’re hoping for a very good turnout on the day, and that the older people who attend will go away better able to recognise fraud and to stay safe in their day-to-day lives and online,” added Mr Blocksidge.
*  For more information about the event contact Southport Community Centre on 01704 517810.



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