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May

Watch: How To Prevent Fraud And Scams?

Jennie Bardrick Read 247 times

Watch the full Youtube video Series: How To Have A Conversation With Your Parents: How To Prevent Fraud And Scams?

Unfortunately there are a number of people that will try to scam others, and in particular can be known to target vulnerable groups like the elderly. In order to help with this, Chris from Cervello has developed three really simple pieces of advice you can share with your parents which will protect them from fraud and scams.

 

Never talk to strangers about your personal information

Recommend to your mum and dad that they never ever talk to anyone about anything financial (including tax) from an unsolicited call. It’s recently been made illegal for firms to make cold calls about pensions and the HMRC certainly don’t make contact over the phone. However these people are very well trained and often sound very believable. The most important thing to instill in your loved ones is that if a call is ever received from someone unknown regarding anything financial, immediately hang up.

 

Speak to a trusted person

Secondly, encourage your mum and/or dad to speak to someone for advice if they’re not sure or feel uncomfortable about anything. Us Brits have often got a tendency not to talk about money but actually it’s important and it isn’t talked about enough. If a loved one is worried about financial issues, the best thing to do is to open up and talk about their concerns. Scams can be avoided if the issue is caught early before the person who is being scammed takes action. But intervention does require communication and this means ensuring that your mum and dad are comfortable enough to tell you if something is going on.

 

Get  professional financial advice

If your mum and dad do need advice on financial affairs, make sure you’ve done your due diligence. Ask to speak to some of the advisers existing clients, check online for reviews and ask people you trust for recommendations. That means that if and when you do need advice, you’re getting it from a trustworthy source.

Follow these three simple rules and this should help protect your mum and dad from the majority of scams and fraud.

To find out more about home care please contact our office on 01708 609 364 or email havering@radfieldhomecare.co.uk

Contact information

Radfield Home Care
Jennie Bardrick
01708 609 364
https://www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk/

Cervello Financial Planning
Chris Daems
07792 790 058
http://www.cervellofp.co.uk/

 


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