Welcome to 2017! Where we’re asking “has life got better?”. Over the last few years I have written about a wide variety of issues and concerns – many of which are a real concern, not just to older people, but the wider community. So just out of interest, I thought I would look back on …
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Nobody is listening to us. Not the banks, financial services, and not the government. Especially not the government!  Maybe the bright young things aged 20-30 who advise the government on their policies do not realise that the largest percentage of the population is over 50 – the older person’s label. How many times have we …
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Good-Bye to Cold Calling!

December 15th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Business | Scams - (0 Comments)

Wonderful news – isn’t it nice to be able to give some good news amongst all the gloom and doom of recent months?! At long last the government has taken action! Thanks to Which? and its campaign, companies who are caught bombarding the general public with nuisance calls will see their bosses face proceedings and …
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I know, I know – more about PPI… As if you’ve not been battered enough by the constant cold calls! But never fear – it will end soon. PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) is a type of insurance designed to cover repayments on a loan or credit card in the event of an accident, sickness, or unemployment. …
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I am sorry that I am once again repeating the warnings about scams, and you will say that we know all this, but there has been an alert that scams are yet again on the increase and people need to be very aware. There is of course the old scam of telling people they are …
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Another Scam Alert

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Scams - (0 Comments)

Over time I know I have frequently highlighted new scams that keep appearing and, obviously, the main people who suffer from scams are older people, people who do not have much in the way of literacy skills or where English is a second language – and some of these people may well be vulnerable and …
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Unwanted Phone Calls

August 14th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Scams - (0 Comments)

When, oh when, are these unwanted phone calls going to cease? Are you fed up with them? You are in the middle of doing something, maybe with wet hands – the phone goes, you rush to dry your hands get to the phone and… This is an important message from Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC etc. blah, …
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We seem to be constantly telling people to be alert. If it is not bogus gas/electricity/plumbers at your door, junk mail scams or internet fraud that we are warning you about it is something different. What a shame that the people who think up these scams to get your money or identity do not put …
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Scams – Rouge Traders – Cold Callers – do you know your rights? When this happens to you, one of the first calls you make should be to your local Trading Standards Officers. The work of Trading Standards is very diverse covering nearly all aspects of the transactions we make daily, monthly and a couple …
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