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Scammed pensioner gets earnings boost

25 July 2017

A 96-year-old Sheffield man who lost his entire life savings in a scam is now £7,500 a year better off following the intervention of Age UK Sheffield.


"Fred", whose name has been changed to protect his identity, was dependent on his 88-year-old brother to keep his home clean, having become frail in recent years.


But he is now able to afford a cleaner, after an Age UK Sheffield support worker found he was eligible for Attendance Allowance and additional Pension Credit, increasing his income by £144.15.


Fred case study summaryThe news comes in the week that Age UK revealed that more than two-fifths (43%) of older people believe they have been targeted by scammers. Of those targeted, just over a tenth (12%) have responded to a scam – with over a quarter (27%) of single older people responding compared to just under a tenth (9%) of their married counterparts. 


Anyone in Sheffield who is worried about a potential scam should contact Age UK Sheffield's information and advice service on (0114) 250 2850. An information leaflet, funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, is available.


Click here to read "Fred's" case study in full.


Click here to view the Age UK Sheffield/South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner leaflet.


Click here to see Age UK's story in full.