Older Fitzrovia newsletter, August 2014

Events and activities for older people in August. 

Massage/Reflexology  is on Wednesdays, 1.30 – 3:30pm at Fitzrovia Court, 24 Carburton St W1W 5AS. I will be doing the schedule for the afternoons on Tuesdays, if you’re interested, please call me on 020 7580 4576. NB: Philomena will be away 6 August, but there will be massage the rest of the month.

Time to Sing will not be held for the month of August while Angela takes a break. The next session will be on Monday 1 September, at Fitzrovia Court 11am – 12.30pm.

Lunch on Mondays is available at the George and Dragon pub on the corner of Cleveland and Greenwell Sts from 12.30, at a discounted price of £3 for main meal only, drinks extra. This is through a kind donation from Sir Robert McAlpine, contractors on the Middlesex Hospital site.

Castlehaven Community Centre in Camden has a host of activities on offer this August as part of their ‘Health yourself’ project, just off the 24 bus route at 21 Castlehaven Rd NW1. For a full programme call them on 020 7485 3386, or have a look at the schedule in our window at 39 Tottenham St.

Bank card scam – don’t get caught out! I’ve heard several cases of this happening in Fitzrovia recently, and they seem to be targeting older people. A fraudster rings you, claiming to be from your bank, saying they’ve spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or that your card is due to expire and needs replacing. You may be asked to ring back using the phone number on the back of your card. However, the criminal keeps the line open at their end so, when you make the call, you are unknowingly connected straight back to the fraudster. In most cases you are asked to ‘cancel’ your existing card or ‘activate’ or ‘authorise’ a replacement card by keying your PIN into your phone’s handset. The fraudster then poses as a bank representative to pick up your card from your home, sometimes giving you a replacement card, which is a fake. Once they have your card and PIN the fraudster uses them to spend your money. A variation of the scam involves the fraudster ringing a prospective victim and claiming to be from the police – again with the aim of going to the victim’s home to collect the card and PIN.

Have a good August!

Barb Jacobson

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