El­derly given warn­ing of med­i­ca­tion scam

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

PO­LICE are warn­ing el­derly res­i­dents in Stam­ford, the Deep­ings, Bourne and Spald­ing to be on their guard against a phone scam tar­get­ing vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims.

The scam sees the caller try­ing to charge res­i­dents around £30 a day for home­o­pathic medicines and claim­ing he rep­re­sents the Govern­ment which is con- duct­ing a sur­vey about health.

Ac­cord­ing to the warn­ing from Lin­colnshire Po­lice Eco­nomic Crime Unit the caller also claims that “doc­tors are pre­scrib­ing too many medicines” and that the Govern­ment is try­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take home­o­pathic medicines.

The caller also says that the pa­tient should not dis­cuss the call with their GP as GPs do not ap­prove of home­o­pathic treat­ments.

Head of the unit, De­tec­tive Sergeant Ian Jar­man said: “Peo­ple should be aware as the Govern­ment is not un­der­tak­ing any sur­vey and pa­tients should not al­ter any of their med­i­ca­tions with­out con­sul­ta­tion with their GP.”

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