New Suffolk Trading Standards campaign will help communities to protect the lonely from scams

First published in the East Anglian Daily Times on December 4, 2017.

LONELY people are four times more likely to be victims of a scam, Suffolk trading standards chiefs have warned as they launch a new campaign calling on communities to do their bit.

In the run up to Christmas, teams will be shining a spotlight on charities already working to support those who are more isolated, particularly older people, in a bid to raise awareness of the link between loneliness and the risk of falling victim to a scam.

It is hoped interest in this initiative, which also calls on everyone in Suffolk to think of ways they can help in their communities, will drum up support for a bigger campaign due to launch in January, Friends Against Scams.

Trading standards community engagement officer Sasha Watson said: “This is an initiative we are running to try and highlight the dangers that are faced by people, mostly elderly, who are lonely.”

Continue reading (via East Anglian Daily Times)

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