Geraint Davies, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Swansea West is hosting a coffee morning next Friday at the Sketty Community Cenre to raise awareness of Scams. The Labour MP, recently one of a number of victims of fraudster Alan Knight of Sketty, Swansea, organised the event a number of months ago alongside Age Cymru to raise awareness of doorstep, telephone, internet, email and letter scams.
Geraint Davies MP said “It is a coincidence that the case of Alan Knight has surfaced the week before an event I have organised to raise awareness of scammers and fraudsters. Alan Knight is an extreme case of scamming, but it is an example of the scams that threaten people every day and different levels.”
Scams are on the increase so with Age Cymru and other organisations Geraint Davies MP is boosting the awareness of the dangers to older people by criminals who try to get into homes.
The Labour MP said “The case of Alan Knight reminds all of us that we have to be on our guard, I’m working hard to ensure that both older people and younger family members are made aware of the threats to isolated people.”
The event follows a similarly successful event that Geraint Davies MP and Age Cymru earlier in the year at the Phoenix Centre in Townhill.
Geraint Davies MP said “At least £3.5 billion is lost to scammers every year. Older people, , lose twice as much as younger people – about £1200 each – and face a higher risk of being re-scammed. Some lose their life savings and or homes and can become alienated from their loved ones and brainwashed by the scammers.
“Younger people can reduce the risk to elderly relatives by keeping an eye out for scam mail or talking about the kind of phone calls they have had.
“Postal scams can give the illusion that large amounts of money have been one without entering a competition. But you don’t get something for nothing. Anything that offers wealth out of the blue should go straight in the bin or into the junk folder and on the doorstep beware of offers cheap repairs from strangers.”
“I should add that this event was planned before recent revelations, but this appalling case shows that it is important to keep alert to possible scammers and I hope this will encourage more to come along on Friday 31st (Haloween) to get some advice from experts from Age Cymru, and information from the Think Jessica Foundation.”
Anyone can drop into the event any time between 10am and 12noon at Sketty Community Centre on Heather Crescent and there’s will be free tea, coffee and biscuits.