Warning to elderly over donations scam

AGE Concern Eastbourne has recently been contacted by a number of local older residents expressing concern about a telephone call they had received from a person purporting to represent the charity Help the Aged.

The caller requests a monetary donation then asks the individual to supply details of their credit or debit card so that the amount can be collected. Help the Aged is no longer an operating charity, so we presume this is a scam.

I would strongly urge anyone receiving such a telephone call not to divulge any personal details, no matter how convincing it may sound.

Age Concern Eastbourne frowns upon the practice of calling individuals to invite donations. Giving a donation to charity is very much a personal choice.

If an individual chooses to donate to a local charity, such as Age Concern Eastbourne, they will do so freely, safe in the knowledge their generosity will directly help people in their area.

The police have advised that if anyone has been the recipient of such a call they should contact the non-emergency phone number 0845 60 70 999.

Clive Wormald

Chief Executive

Age Concern, Eastbourne