Luxembourg's police have launched a new campaign against fraud artists and popular scams, hoping to raise awareness amongst the elderly in particular.

The new awareness campaign is mainly oriented towards the elderly and designed to make Luxembourg's senior citizens feel safer.

Around 400 cases of fraud are reported to police each year, ranging from fraud involving money to theft to fake policemen and various other tricks.

Tim Pauly from the police's prevention unit explained that we must not underestimate the unrecorded cases.

Often, people are deeply ashamed or just too embarrassed to report similar cases to police. If they lost substantial amounts of money, victims may refrain from even telling their family about their misfortune.

The police offer various services to help Luxembourg's elderly in particular, as they may be especially vulnerable to such scams.

The police train specialised security advisers for the elderly, but other measures also exist: the initiative BeeSecure has been brought to life to, among other things, combat online fraud and raise awareness among the elderly of various other internet dangers.

According to Jean-Marie Mousel, elderly people are slightly more likely to fall prey to online fraud. As examples, he cites deceptive emails or fraudulent lotteries. Scams on dating sites have also become increasingly frequent in recent years.

Luxembourg's Ministry of Family Affairs is hopeful that the campaign will make it easier for potential victims to come forward rather than isolate themselves out of shame.

The campaign, titled 'Dear Grandma, dear Grandpa - don't let yourself be scammed!', features a young girl and the caption "Even your granddaughter advises you to be careful against scam artists or fake police officers."

The campaign advises people:

  • not to let strangers into their homes,
  • to be suspicious of fake police officers or imposter grandchildren (the latter consisting of phone calls pretending to be a grandchild with monetary issues),
  • and to be sceptical of internet competitions that require payment to enter or to receive the prize.