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Cruel scammers are preying on elderly victims through computers and smart phones

Cruel scammers are preying on elderly victims through computers and smart phones, MPs were warned.

Web fraudsters are forcing older people offline for good after preying on elderly victims through computers and smart phones, MPs were warned.

OAPs’ confidence in digital technology is so shaken by internet crime they decide they no longer want to be online, the Public Accounts Committee was told.

Victims are even going into care homes after being targeted, experts revealed.

Age UK policy chief Jane Vass said there was “huge scope to do much, much more” to tackle web tricksters.

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Drone threat to security causes alarm.

Once again Amazon are seeking publicity for their ideas for delivering goods by drone (whether this will apply to those who live ‘in the sticks’ is another matter.) Some pensioners remember the real threat which the Nazi ‘doodlebugs’ made a reality.

With all the terrible things going on in the world right now this does seem a cause for alarm. It isn’t fanciful to think that their is a threat from objects of any kind being able to be delivered to locations uninvited can and regretfully will get out of hand. This is amply described in this BBC News report.

A lesser but important concern is the potential invasion of privacy – a drone flying over your garden – who knows whether it is filming you as you relax in your garden. Maybe some form of protection is needed:

But don’t be misled – we think drones pose a very real threat.

Despicable drive-by thief steals disability ramp

A despicable drive-by thief stole a disabled woman’s portable ramp in Cambridge – in less than 60 seconds.

Richard Seed, 58, of The Westering, dropped off his disabled wife Penny, 49, at Abbey Pools to go to the gym for her first day of physical rehabilitation after diabetes meant she cannot walk more than a few feet.

He put the ramp back in the boot of his car and drove along Pool Way in Abbey ward. He turned right on to Newmarket Road heading towards his home near Cambridge Airport at about noon on Friday.

It was while passing the area near Ivett & Reed stonemasons and Peasgood & Skeates Funeral Directors, just before the roundabout at McDonald’s fast food eatery, that the £300 ramp fell from the boot of the vehicle.

Mr Seed carried on a few yards and turned at the roundabout to return to pick up the ramp – which is bright red steel with a handle.

The turn took Mr Seed between 30-60 seconds to complete but when he reached the spot where the ramp had fallen, it had already gone and was nowhere to be seen.

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former bus company boss found guilty of fraudulent Claims for concessionary fares worth £800,000

A former Gwynedd bus company boss has been found guilty of fraud and false accounting.
John David Hulme, 55, had denied charges relating to more than £800,000 in public money paid to Padarn Bus Ltd in claims for concessionary fares.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard the offences occurred between July 2011 and December 2012.
Hulme was suspended on an unrelated matter in July 2012 by which time £495,857.08 had been falsely claimed.
The court heard Hulme made inflated claims about the number of concessionary fare passengers who used the service.
‘Extremely serious’
Hulme and operations director Darren Price, who previously admitted fraud covering the period after Hulme was suspended, will be sentenced on Thursday.

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Pensioners dubbed ‘Saga Louts’ commit spate of crimes in Cumbria

Crimes executed by dozens of over-60s include theft, fraud, shoplifting, drink-driving and sexual offences.

Scores of pensioners in Cumbria have been convicted for committing crimes over the past 12 months, according to police figures.

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Crimes executed by dozens of over-60s, dubbed the “Saga Louts”, include theft, fraud, shoplifting, drink-driving and sexual offences. An 84-year-old man is one of the oldest of the 64 pensioners to have been convicted in the region in the past year, Cumbria Police revealed.

Theft was the number-one offence committed by south Cumbria’s silver-haired criminals, followed by assault, having a dangerous dog and harassment. The most common crime among OAPs in the west of the county was also theft, followed by assault and causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

The spate of crimes committed by people in this age bracket could be a direct result of being plunged into poverty, according the UK’s largest charity for older people.

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Age-related Senior Citizen Scams outlined

Age-related Senior Citizen Scams

1. The grandparent scam is possibly the most widespread senior scam, where the victim receives a call supposedly from a grandchild in trouble abroad and needing money urgently.

We reported in full on this type of senior scam in a previous issue, Scammers Pose as Grandchildren to Swindle Grandparents.

Usually the excuse is that the cash is needed to post bail and has to be a money wire payment is a dead giveaway for a scam.

However, in a new and particularly nasty variation, victims were told their grandchild had been kidnapped and that they had to pay a ransom.

In some cases, the crooks knew something about the grandchild and used an accomplice to impersonate their voice.

Even more cunningly, they earlier phoned the genuine grandchild, pretending to be from a cell phone company, telling them to switch off their phone for a maintenance project, thus preventing the grandparent from checking the story.

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