A NatWest community banker is holding surgeries with Pinner locals in a bid to tackle the lack of scam awareness and knowledge on protection against fraud and scams.
Mark Mullally, 52, from Pinner, has worked for NatWest for over 34 years and is passionate about getting the message across to people of all ages and both NatWest and non-NatWest customers.
Mark said: “My role looks at the wider community and getting the information about the scams that are happening out there.
“Getting across the scams that are happening, the techniques that they are using and the people that they are targeting is essential in stopping the progress of these criminals.”
Mark is carrying out the surgeries at Pinner Library on the following dates: January 21, February 4, 18 between the times of 11am-1pm.
The average age of the people that are getting scammed is 75 and victims are being targeted for small and large quantities of cash.
Mark said: “Working with the community has to happen. In the first six months of 2018, over £140million had been lost through scams.
“Making sure these people know how to identify a scam before it’s too late is our plan. Verifying what is legitimate is a major step in tackling the problem.”
Mark stands by the motto that ‘’If you learn something, go home and tell someone else about it. Pass the message on.”
Mark is thrilled with the response that he has had from the community but is hoping for more people to turn up even if they are confident in protecting themselves against scams.
He added: “The response has been great. The surgeries are completely free and they are open to anyone. Everyone is finding it really rewarding and more people are 4opening up about their worries about their own problems or family members that are vulnerable.”