Older people invited to cyber crime advice day

By Antony Clay | 27/09/2017

Older people invited to cyber crime advice day
Older people receiving advice at a previous Lifewise Centre event for the over-60s.

OLDER people who may be at risk of fraud and cyber crime have been invited to an event to help them fight the problems.

South Yorkshire Police’s community safety team will be holding a workshop at Lifewise in Hellaby for 80 older people on Friday.

Attendees will learn about personal safety and hear guidance about different types of scams.

Guest speaker Marylin Baldwin will talk about her charity Think Jessica which she set up after her mum lost her life savings to postal fraud.

The event runs from 10.30am to 2.45pm and will include stalls by various partner agencies.

Age UK Rotherham representatives will attend.

Community safety officer Andy Foster said: “Fraud and cybercrime is on the rise and criminals here, as well as across the world, are targeting the most vulnerable people within our communities.

“Lifewise is a great setting as we can use the unique film set environment to introduce scenarios around financial abuse, postal fraud, fire and road safety and first aid.

“Hopefully, with support from our partners, we can raise awareness of how these crime are committed and provide advice on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

“The whole aim of this event is to help keep vulnerable people safe, as well as ensuring all those taking part have a fun and interesting day out.”

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