Scams & Financial Abuse:  Community Resilience – Completing the Picture FREE EVENT

Scams and fraud are one of the biggest consumer issues in the UK, costing consumers £5-10 billion (per year) in detriment as a result of doorstep crime, telephone and mail scams. These crimes often target the most vulnerable and/or disadvantaged members of our communities, who are often socially isolated and susceptible to repeat victimisation. 

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team report the average age of these victims is 74. With many ‘chronic’ victims being elderly, denial and embarrassment are the main factors that contribute to low reporting of these types of crimes. Often their plight only comes to the attention of the authorities when the victims dies, their life savings have been exhausted or when an individual in their life becomes aware of the problem. 

 Victims of scams and fraud are 2.4 times more likely to end up in care as a result of the psychological and financial abuse, causing a drain on all of our resources.

 We are pleased to announce that Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton  Trading Standards  services are working in partnership with Trading Standards South East Ltd (TSSEL) to hold this free event on the 21st November 2019 in Southampton.    The event will focus on the impact that scams and financial abuse have on individuals, the true cost of these scams for Local Authorities and the importance of joint working with all stakeholders to help minimise future detriment.  

 The event will include a range of speakers from Trading Standards partner agencies, the National Trading Standards Scams Team and Hampshire Fire Service. We will also hear from victims who have been subjected to financial abuse and Professor Keith Browna keynote speaker on this issue who will provide an insight into how scamming has become especially prevalent in the elderly and those living with dementia.  The afternoon session will include an interactive workshop and the opportunity to discuss how we can work together collaboratively to mitigate harm and detriment in the future. 

 If you or a colleague are interested in attending, please resister your initial interest by email to anna.baker@southampton.gov.uk  Please do RSVP by providing the email address or addresses you would like to receive an invite for, to ensure you are secured a place.  Once all expressions of interest have been received, all registered  email addresses will receive an ‘Event Brite Invitation’ early in November providing a link to finalise individual bookings.

 

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