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I set up Reassura after an elderly family member was targeted by scammers. Her financial loss was £600 (for a non-existent call-blocking service), however the real cost to her was much higher. She felt embarassed about being conned and became afraid to answer her telephone, which led to feelings of lonliness and isolatation. Not nice for a lovely 92 year old grandmother!
Passwords are the new 5 lever door locks which keep us safe. Recent data from the Office of National Statistics showed that you are 3.5 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than have your house burgled. So, in the same way as you double lock your house at night you need to make double sure your passwords are strong.
Lots of things in life are about timing, being in the right place at the right time, or conversely the wrong place. That’s what happened to John, not his real name, who just having sold the family house and about to move abroad for a year had a much bigger bank balance than ever before. Month after month of seeing tiny amounts of interest kept making him feel that he wasn’t doing enough with his money.
Follow this advice at all times to stay safe from scams and fraud.