MONEY has been set aside to help vulnerable older residents living in and around Ashbourne avoid telephone fraud and nuisance calls.
A new device that monitors calls from fraudsters and marketing firms is being put to the test in homes around the county that county council bosses hope will lead to a new method of stopping cold-calls.
Derbyshire County Council has approved funding to carry out a six-month trial of ‘TrueCall’ telephone monitors after a study revealed that almost a third of the UK population receives at least 10 cold calls per month with 41 per cent suspecting that a call was fraudulent or suspicious.
People aged over 50 were found to be the most likely to be duped, with almost half having received a fraudulent or suspicious cold call.
Residents with dementia were show to be particularly at risk from agreeing to order goods and services from persistent sales people and scammers.
Cabinet member for health and communities Dave Allen said: “We’re committed to tackling this kind of practice and are keen to investigate new ways to help residents, particularly those who are at most risk, to fight back against fraud.
The authority will liaise with Derbyshire Police to select a small group of residents to take part in the £1,000 pilot project.
TrueCall is a small box that fits onto a home phone line which enables the homeowner to accept or reject certain calls.