Every 15 seconds, someone in the UK gets scammed!
What is a scam?
A scam is a scheme to try to steal money/possessions, personal information or data from a person or organisation. Other names for a scam include fraud and hoax.
Who is at risk of a scam?
Derbyshire has vulnerable people like any community who may be at risk from being scammed. This can include the young, middle aged and elderly and can happen to anyone. For patients who may be socially isolated, in poor health, cognitively impaired and recently bereaved this can place them at increased risk.
How can a scam occur?
Scams can occur in many different forms including by post, email, text, social media, leaflets, cold calling at the door or indeed via the telephone.
It’s important that we are all scam aware to reduce the risk of being a victim and think before we give out personal information, bank details or agree to make payments and transfer money. To help to protect yourself and others advice can be obtained from Citizens Advice consumer services on 03454 04 05 06 who can pass details on to Trading Standards.
If you are concerned that patients may be at risk from a scam and financial abuse you can contact the DCHS Safeguarding team on 01773 850000 who will also be able to provide advice and support.