Workshops to stop people being scammed ‘a success’

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Public workshops to alert people to the dangers of fraud in Bearsden and Kirkintilloch have been hailed as a huge success.

The sessions, delivered by the team at Home Instead Senior Care in Glasgow, told about the scale of the problem and the most common scams which target the elderly as well as what to do if you fall victim to scammers.

Home Instead owner, Suhail Rehman, said: “We’ve had a lot of success in the wider community and keeping as many people as possible better informed and armed with the knowledge to correctly recognise and respond to scams and scammers.

“We hope that by combining these workshops with our Senior Fraud Protection Kit, which contains information on the most common scams and tools to help assess the risk of an elderly loved one, we’ll be able to do our bit to keep elderly people in our local area safe.

“The devastating emotional distress and loss of confidence that older people experience as a result of being scammed can lead to a severe lack of trust and can leave them feeling very isolated. We’re hoping to avoid this with better awareness and education, and that’s why we’re getting out into the local community and educating as many people as possible.”

Secretary of Kirkintilloch & District Seniors Forum, Martin Brickley, said: “Older people are particularly vulnerable to scammers. This was a useful talk for our members, and we greatly appreciate the work being done by Home Instead in this regard.”

For information on upcoming workshops or for a fraud protection kit, contact Home Instead Senior Care on 0141 249 0574 or visit