News and stories News FREE call blockers for dementia sufferers SCHEME TO PROTECT DEMENTIA SUFFERERS FROM SCAM TELEPHONE CALLS Free call blockers are available on a first come, first served basis to people with dementia, who are currently receiving scam or nuisance calls. The Isle of Wight Council Trading Standards Service is supporting this scheme, which is being co-ordinated by the National Trading Standards Scams Team. “This initiative will go a long way in massively reducing the risk of financial harm for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. I would urge relatives or carers to help those they are looking after to sign up to this effective device, which can block those harassing calls,” said Councillor Gary Peace, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection. “There are many benefits from using a call blocker, from reducing confusion and stress for older people, to helping those who live alone feel safer and more in control. There is a VERY limited number of units available and they will be given out on a first come, first served basis.” To get a FREE call blocking device YES should be answered to the following: 1. Do you or the person you are applying for receive nuisance and scam calls? 2. Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia? If you answered yes to the above then please apply at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/callblocker Friends Against Scams would also encourage you to do their 20 minute online learning. Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. If you have any queries please contact Friends Against Scams at [email protected] To see what else the government is doing to combat nuisance calls by searching for #NoNuisance on social media.