A victim of fraud from Sussex has spoken out about her experience ahead of the first crime summit to tackle the ‘epidemic of elder exploitation’.
Jean Holmwood, 67, from Heathfield, fell victim to an online fraud in 2013.
She said of her experience: “I felt pathetic.
“It’s just degrading, it’s an insult to your intelligence and you feel so stupid.
“I don’t mind telling people about what happened to me because I’m hoping it will help others, but at the same time most people wouldn’t want to tell anybody because they just feel silly.”
She is now part of the Sussex Elders’ Commission, a group set up in 2015 for older residents to support, challenge and inform the work of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, The commission has been working with Sussex Police to find out more about the scale of the problem.
Rob Mills, 76, from Westmeston, who is also a member of the gorup, warned of the potentially ‘life-ending’ effect of fraud.
“It can be devastating. The cases that we have heard of recently involve massive financial loss,” he said.
“Somebody who is elderly, their resources have run out... what do they do?
“The money is gone, their house is gone: it could be life-ending.” (Click to Continue)
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