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Lasting Power of Attorney news – Dementia sufferers targeted by scammers

21st December 2011

According to the report, nearly one in six people with dementia has suffered financial loss and exploitation as a result of being cold-called, door-stepped or targeted by scam mail – a situation which could be avoided by setting up Lasting Power of Attorney.

Furthermore, a vastly greater number (nearly 70%) have been approached by cold-callers or door-steppers.

Chief executive at the Alzheimer’s Society Jeremy Hughes comments, “We are merely scratching the surface of the frightening hidden depths of financial abuse.

“Too often con artists are dealing another blow to people who already face high care costs and a society that fails to understand their needs.

“People with dementia are at great risk of being ripped off as they often don’t have the mental capacity to recognise potential warning signs they are being swindled.”

Hughes adds, “It’s only by working together with banks, local authorities, and of course the general public that we can turn this around and start the New Year with new hope.”

In addition, by asking a wills solicitor to arrange Lasting Power of Attorney sufferers, and their families, can ensure they are protected when they are at their most vulnerable.

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