Wednesday 28 June 2017

When Viagra spammers switch to Alzheimer's, it's time to take notice

'We have to help carer and sufferer break free from their prisons' Stock Image/GETTY
'We have to help carer and sufferer break free from their prisons' Stock Image/GETTY

Jillian Godsil

When shoe shiners give you stock market advice, it's time to sell your shares. When taxi drivers advise on where to buy abroad, it's time to stay home.

But when your spam switches from Nigerian businessmen, cheap Viagra and belly fat pills to cures for Alzheimer's Disease, then it is time to stand up and pay attention.

And none too soon. According to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the number of people living with dementia in Ireland is greater than 50,000 this year. And that is probably a serious underestimation of the problem, since there is no official register of people with dementia.

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