Event to protect people from scams

Published: 20 October 2014

Ever had a letter claiming you have won the Spanish Lottery? Chances are it is a scam.

The over-50s are often targeted by this and other scams. Now the council’s public health and community safety teams are inviting Wandsworth residents to a free event so they can learn how to protect themselves.

Police officers from Scotland Yard and local community police teams will be on hand to give out top tips on how to avoid scams and what to do if you are targeted.

London Fire Brigade and St John’s Ambulance will be there to give advice on fire safety, kitchen safety and essential first aid skills.

And your local community pharmacist will offer helpful tips on keeping medicines safe at home, and will ask you how pharmacy services can be improved to suit your needs.

You will also have an opportunity to get your flu jab if you wish and there will be goodies to take away and use at home. A hot lunch will be provided.

The council’s community safety spokesman, Cllr Jonathan Cook, said: “Many people have fallen victim to scammers – they’ve been conned into handing over their bank card or spent thousands on unnecessary ‘roof repairs’.

“We hope this event we will give our residents the tools they need to beat the conmen and keep themselves safe and healthy.”

The event will be on November 7 at Tooting Primary School, Franciscan Road. Places are limited, so it is vital that you book your place as soon as possible.

To find out more or to book a place, call Fanta Bojang on (020) 8871 5051 or email fbojang@wandsworth.gov.uk. You can also download a booking form online, which you should then save as a pdf and email to Fanta.