How to Keep Up with Local Scams Affecting Your Area

There can be few people who aren’t aware there are some who are out to scam us out of our hard-earned money. Thankfully, such people are rare, but that doesn’t mean we are never at risk. As we have reported before, scams come in all shapes and sizes. They can come through your letterbox. They can come with a knock on the door. They can come via a phone call. Nowadays, they can also come via email.

This makes it even more important to understand and recognise as many scams as possible. The Which website has an excellent section about common scams, and a section aimed at the elderly which focuses on the most likely scams they could be targeted by, and what to do about them.

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But it is also a good idea to stay abreast of what is happening in your local area. sometimes, a scam can pop up in your local area as one or more people try to scam as many people as they can before they disappear and try somewhere else. Staying alert to these scams helps keep you safe, and you can alert your friends and neighbours in the area to what is going on, too.

The first place to look is the website for your local police force. They will often warn of common scams and alert you to anyone and any scam that is currently doing the rounds in your area. Take a moment to read the local papers too, if you get them, because reports of incidents will also appear in these.

You may also want to join a neighbourhood watch initiative, to ensure you know what is going on in your area. Everyone helping each other is a great way to ensure everyone stays safe.

Thrift Urban Housing helps to warn against scams in the London boroughs, and we provide advice and support for elderly and vulnerable residents throughout London too. Our befriending scheme works on many different levels. Please do get in touch if you want to find out more, or you think you can help.

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