An initiative to protect the vulnerable from fraud has been introduced across almost 60 community pharmacies in Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire Police has distributed 90,000 pharmacy bags printed with fraud protection advice to community pharmacies for staff to hand out to customers.
“Fraudsters use a range of tactics to target people, especially the elderly and vulnerable,” explained Jon Hodgeon, head of North Yorkshire Police’s major fraud and economic crime unit.
“It is vitally important that people familiarise themselves with the simple steps that can be taken to protect themselves from fraud.
“We hope that by including these simple steps on the outside of the pharmacy bags we will be able to take our fraud prevention advice right into the homes of people in our community.”
The advice includes never assuming someone is who they say they are, refusing unusual requests for personal or financial information and always stopping to think before acting — perhaps contacting a friend or relative for a second opinion.
The pharmacy bags also carry information on how to sign up to the police force’s free community messaging system to receive the latest crime notifications and local community news.