Scam Watch volunteer opportunity

ADerbyshire scam watchge UK Derby and Derbyshire is working with Trading Standards and North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau to deliver a project across Derbyshire supporting older people who have been the victim of a scam.
Scams can defraud people of thousands of pounds but most importantly rob them of their self-esteem, confidence and trust.

Victims of one scam are very likely to become repeat victims as fraudsters sell-on information about vulnerable people. In extreme cases people have become besieged by scam mail and, utterly overwhelmed by it, feel suicidal.

Scams in Derbyshire

There are more than 300 known victims of scams in Derbyshire. So far, more than 70 Derbyshire residents have been contacted from the list.

As a result of further investigation, officers found that:

  • The average age of scam victims is 77
  • More than 90% of victims live alone or are recently widowed
  • On average victims lose around £3,500
  • Many victims report loneliness as the main driver for answering or responding to mail or phone scams

How you can help

But just a few hours of your time can help a victim understand they have been scammed and put simple measures in place to reduce the risk of repeated attacks.

You can:

  • volunteer wherever is convenient – the project is across Derbyshire
  • volunteer for just 1 session (approximately 3 hours total) or many sessions – the choice is yours
  • learn about Scamwatch and take this knowledge into other roles
  • make a big difference to a vulnerable adult with just a small donation of your time and skills
  • improve your skills, CV and life experience with a one-off donation of your time
  • claim travel and agreed essential expenses

The project operates from 01.09.15 – 31.08.16 and you can volunteer at any time during the project. Full training is provided by Trading Standards. Supervision and support is provided throughout your volunteering experience.

How to apply

More information about the opportunity and application forms are available to download below:

Volunteer application form

Equality Monitoring form (optional)

Information about the project

Role description

For more information please contact:

The Administrator, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire,
29A Market Place,
Heanor,
Derbyshire.
DE75 7EG.
01773 768240

shorter website address for this page: www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/scamwatch

Further information