Leeds: Show will help OAPs fight the scamsters

The show carried the message about how to keep out of the clutches of doorstep conmen.

The show carried the message about how to keep out of the clutches of doorstep conmen.

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A team set up to fight scamsters and bogus callers is using theatre to spread its message to older people in Leeds.

The SAFER (Scams and Fraud Education for Residents) project, run by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, teamed up with West North West Homes to provide an afternoon of doorstep crime awareness.

Residents from sheltered housing complexes across the district attended Yeadon Town Hall to see a light-hearted show, performed by the Feel Good Theatre Company, which carried a serious message.

The show focused on incidents of cold callers on people’s doorstep, and how to deal with them to protect yourself.

After the show, one resident said: “Bogus callers are very clever with their disguises and tricks to get into your home and steal things. After seeing the show today and being given advice from the SAFER Team I will now make sure I use my door chain and not let any strangers in to my home, no matter how genuine they seem.”

The SAFER project is a Big Lottery Funded educational programme working with older people in Leeds and Bradford. It aims to give residents an increased understanding and confidence when dealing with cold calling, scams, frauds and the hazards of doing business on the doorstep. People can also get debt advice and help to ensure they receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Contact Carrie Wilson on 0113 3939809 or email cwilson@wyjs.org.uk to book a workshop session for your community group.

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