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First summit on elder exploitation

STRONG support was given at a unique summit to the idea of a single national number to report fraud and scams.

 

Backing for the proposal came at the event in Lewes hosted by the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. A large vote was also given in favour of clearer and better supported anti-fraud messages.

 

Tougher sentences for fraudsters who deliberately targeted elderly people were demanded as well.

 

Mrs Bourne, pictured below, said: “We want to see financial exploitation of older people treated as a serious and harmful crime.

 

“People need to be aware it’s a crime, not just dismiss it as a silly scam or think that they’re at fault in some way.”

 

Those present and watching online could vote on the matters. The speakers included Louise Baxter, from the National Trading Standards Scam Team, and Age UK’s Phil.

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