Sunday 8 December 2019

Clinic to highlight dangers of online financial scams

Simon Bourke

Elder members of Wexford's communities are among those being urged to attend a FraudSMART Clinic at the Talbot Hotel at the Quay on October 4 at 11 a.m.

Organised by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) the Clinic will inform attendees about the threats of bank fraud, identity theft and online scams and how how consumers and businesses can act to protect themselves.

The event will be free to attend and walk-ins are welcome for what will be an informative morning of discussion, FAQ, tea, coffee and chat among fellow senior citizens.

Supported by Active Retirement Ireland, the event aims to provide members of the public, especially older citizens, with a forum in which to learn about current trends in fraud scams, including the warning signs, the safeguards to put in place and who to contact in the event of a fraud attempt.

The Clinic will include a mixture of presentations, discussion, Q&A and advice with representatives from FraudSMART and Active Retirement Ireland, as well as An Garda Síochána, who will represented by Detective Garda James O'Meara.

Also in attendance will be the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and, because of the prominent role the service plays in the financial lives of older citizens, a representative from An Post.

Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, said, 'I'm delighted to say we've expanded the FraudSMART programme this year to bring our national awareness campaign to towns and cities around the country. We're really looking forward to a great event in Wexford, with plenty of issues to discuss, and tips and advice to take away from the morning.

'We all know someone who has been a victim of fraud, even through no fault of their own. The first step to protecting yourself and those you care about is to get informed, and we hope that our FraudSMART Clinic will give people a chance to do just that.'

Kay Murphy, President of Active Retirement Ireland also praised the event and underlined its importance to senior members of Wexford society, 'As advocates for retired people in towns and communities across Ireland, this is an excellent opportunity for older citizens to meet face to face with the experts who are working in the area of fraud prevention and crime and learn first-hand about the realities of such scams on the ground.

I'd encourage everyone in the Active Retirement Ireland network in Wexford and the surrounding areas to spread the word, attend and take part.'

Reserving a spot is recommended for this event and can be done by emailing

Wexford People