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Too good to be true

We’re never going to be able to protect everyone from determined scammers, so helping clients look out for themselves is the best we can do, says Sofia Tayton

15 April 2014

At the recent Solicitors for the Elderly and Action on Elder Abuse conference about safeguarding issues, I was particularly interested in a presentation by the Metropolitan police about scams. If you haven’t got a copy, I recommend downloading the Little Book of Big Scams, now in its second edition, which contains nicely presented and easily digested information about the schemes that result in vulnerable people – the majority of whom are elderly – losing significant sums of money.

I hadn’t appreciated how well organised these scams were. It seems astonishing that anyone would hand over their PIN then their bank card to someone who has called them claiming to be from the police. But I’m not older, I’m not vulnerable, I’m not lonely, and I’m not easily confused by techno...

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