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BLACKPOOL BC WARNS ELDERLY RESIDENTS TO BE ON GUARD

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Elderly residents in Blackpool are being warned to be on their guard against bogus home helps. ...
Elderly residents in Blackpool are being warned to be on their guard against bogus home helps.

Social services chiefs are becoming increasingly concerned about sham callers tricking their way into the homes of vulnerable old people.

People pretending to be home helpes have preyed on a number of pensioners during the last three months. In the latest incident, over the Easter weekend, a bogus official attempted to gain access to the home of an elderly woman.

This follows similar incidents, which have prompted the social services department to write to all its home care clients to give them advice.

Blackpool BC social services chair Sue Wright said: 'Elderly people receiving home care are easy targets for cruel tricksters and it is important they are encouraged to ask for identification every time someone calls.'
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