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North Yorkshire residents defrauded out of £1.5m this year
NORTH Yorkshire Police says boiler room scams have been responsible for defrauding mostly elderly residents out of £1.5m this year in the county.
The force has teamed up with other organisations in the county to provide fraud advice specifically tailored for older residents after a number of victims in the county, all aged over 60, have fallen victim to such scams this year.
It says some people’s losses have amounted to tens of thousands of pounds.
The scams involve cold calls being made to potential victims offering investment opportunities.
They have sometimes even offered a fraud recovery service to previous victims in order to defraud them further.
The police force has teamed up with Age UK, North Yorkshire County Council Library Services and the NHS to deliver the advice.
Utilising a booklet produced by Age UK, called Avoiding Scams, North Yorkshire Police has teamed up with partners to make these booklets available in all libraries, hospital wards for older patients and doctors’ waiting rooms across North Yorkshire.
Detective Constable Melanie Spanton, of the Major Fraud Investigation Team, said: “We believe that the target audience for this campaign will be receptive to receiving trustworthy advice whilst visiting a doctor’s surgery or using a library.
“The booklet is available online at the Age UK website and I would urge those with internet access to view it and talk about the contents with those who may be at risk.
“As well as containing prevention advice on boiler room frauds the booklet also provides sound advice on a wide range of other scams.”
Victims of fraud should contact police on 101 or reporting directly to Action Fraud on 0300-123-2040.
For more information on fraud and how to report it visit: http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/actionfraud
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