A major initiative to support and help protect the most vulnerable in our society has just been announced and Crimestoppers is asking for the help of the general public.

Vulnerability is a broad term but unscrupulous thieves, tricksters, doorstep  intruders, rogue traders and conmen prey on those who are not prepared for, or aware of, the consequences of giving away cash, bank details or personal information to strangers. If in doubt shut the door and call a friend, relative or the police. 

NEVER give information over the telephone to any caller pretending to be from a bank, a computer company or the police.

These scams are rife at the moment and many people, many elderly or confused, have been duped in to parting with large sums of money. In some cases life savings have been stolen.

Your bank, the police, the Tax or Council authorities or genuine major companies WILL NEVER ask for such information. If you have a suspicious call please put the phone down. Don’t become another victim.

If you are offered something too good to be true - it probably is, and someone is after your cash.

The police and Crimestoppers are asking everyone to look out for vulnerable people - so if you know someone who might be a target, please keep a special eye open on their behalf.

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you think a crime is being committed or a neighbour is threatened.