3.2 Million people a year are victims of scammers in the UK with around 300,000 being elderly people aged over 65 years old. In 2018 49,000 elderly people reported being scammed and that's about 6 new cases every hour, however one third of elderly people who have been scammed are too ashamed to ask for help, it's estimated that millions of elderly people have been victims of fraud but they haven't reported it.
There's various ways to prevent this but the quickest way would simply be support any elderly person you are looking after or whose in your family, either teach them the basics of internet safety or guide them through what they want to do on the internet like safely buying things or doing the weekly online shopping. If you don't think you're that good with computers there are free online courses to help teach you, here's a website link I found from the government national careers website called Learn My Way and you get to decide how far into it you learn and it's all free:
Not only could learning the course be helpful for the elderly person you're looking after but it can also give you new skills you maybe didn't have before which could open up job opportunities to you and help you in your own home life. But, under the circumstances that a senior cannot use the internet, learn how to or doesn't have anyone that can help them they could always pay someone to do it for them if it cannot be done in real life.
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