Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, this week met up with former Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge, Len Goodman, 73, to talk about a campaign he is fronting for Santander to address the issue of scams targeted at the over 60s.
Earlier this year, Len became the first graduate of Santander’s SAS (Scam Avoidance School), a free class offered all over the UK to help people avoid being taken in by scammers. The initiative was launched by the bank in March and since then around 800 classes have been held at branches and other local community centres across the UK, taking around 12,000 people through a syllabus of how to avoid online, impersonation, cashpoint and card cons.
Aside from wanting to do all he can to help other over 60s wise up to the tricks employed by scammers, Len Goodman was first to sign up to the SAS given his personal experience of fraud when his daughter-in-law lost around £16,000.
Chris Elmore MP said: “It’s been great to speak to Len about these issues. It’s great that someone with his profile is highlighting the ever increasing problem of scamming. I’ve been a long time campaigner on scamming – and I’m delighted schemed like Santander’s Scam Avoidance School are cropping up.”
Len Goodman, SAS alumnus, said: “It seems like scammers are everywhere today, using all kinds of sneaky tricks to scam us over 60s – whether it’s with emails, cold calls or even at the cash machine. But enough is enough. People of my age – we’ve got to have our wits about us, be more aware and more alert to scams so we can quickstep our way around the dangers and keep our bank accounts safe. The Scam Avoidance School was a real eye-opener for me: I learned a lot about how to avoid scams and I want to pass on this knowledge to as many people as I can.”
Research by Santander has revealed that 63 per cent of the over 60s in Wales are worried about the threat of scams and the overwhelming majority (86 per cent) in Wales believe more needs to be done to help their age group learn about scams to avoid having their money and identities stolen.
After waltzing through the Scam Avoidance School, Len Goodman stepped back in front of the camera to pass on some of what he learned to the nation. His series of ‘Len’s Learns’ can be viewed can be found on youtube.