There’s growing evidence that deaf people are being targeted as part of online scams, which is why a new video is aiming to raise awareness of the dangers.
The video, called ‘Watch Out!’ was made by East Lancashire Deaf Society in partnership with police in Lancashire, after several cases where deaf people had become victims of scams. It is presented in BSL by Lee Robertson.
Heidi Koivisto, ELDS’s press officer, said: “There is a lot of information about scams but all of it is in written form. This means that many members of the deaf community probably don’t know much about scams. We hope that our video will make it possible for these people to protect themselves from this crime, especially when there are scams that target deaf people in particular. Scams are serious and organised crime – don’t become a victim.”
As well as being presented in BSL, the video has voice over and subtitles. Watch it below:
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