The police are leading a multi-agency campaign to deliver fraud prevention advice specifically tailored to older members of the community.
The campaign has been prompted after a number of victims, all aged over 60 years, have fallen victim to so-called “boiler room” scams.
Normally based overseas, the boiler room makes cold calls to potential victims offering investment opportunities which can range from land investment, fine wines to carbon offset schemes and others.
At least £1.5 million has been obtained fraudulently from victims across the county, with some victims’ losses running to tens of thousands of pounds.
A common feature of these crimes is that the victims are invariably aged over 60 and have not used the internet to conduct any due diligence about the investment.
Now, in partnership with Age UK and others, a new booklet has been produced called Avoiding Scams which are now available in all libraries, hospital wards for older patients and doctors’ waiting rooms across North Yorkshire.
Detective Constable Melanie Spanton, of the Major Fraud Investigation Team, said: “We believe that the target audience for this campaign will be receptive to receiving trustworthy advice whilst visiting a doctor’s surgery or using a library.”