25th October 2018
Community nurses working in Scotland have highlighted concerns about people in their care being vulnerable to financial scammers.
Prof Brown said: “It is clear that criminals are increasingly targeting lonely elderly citizens to financially scam. These are yours and my relatives and neighbours and the impact of being scammed is devastating for these victims.
“Community nurses are critical in this area as they are often the only formal professionals visiting the elderly in the community.
“The training resources we are launching today are designed to help community nurses spot and identify those at risk of being scammed and to ensure they know what steps and actions to take to support their clients.
“With £10 billion of fraud committed per year in the UK we simply cannot ignore this problem it is of a vast scale often hidden away but has devastating consequences.”