Anyone can be the victim of a scam, as fraudsters find ever more sophisticated ways to target people, by cold call, email, text, or mobile App's such as a Whats App message. Keep informed about the latest scams, and know what to do if you think you have been targeted. Scam Awareness is important for everyone to keep them protected.
Remember, if you suspect you have been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately.
As we get older, we become more vulnerable to a variety of scams, which can have a devastating impact on our lives. In fact, according to Action Fraud, more than half of people aged 65 or over have been targeted by scams and criminals. These scams can take many forms, including rogue traders, romance scams, scam mail, telephone calls, text messages and emails, pension scams and investment scams.
The sad truth is that these crimes are often targeted at people in our communities who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including poverty, isolation, frailty, disability and cognitive impairment. But anyone can be a victim of a scam, regardless of age, gender, education or economic background.
So, how can you help prevent your loved ones from being scammed? The first step is to be aware of the signs that someone you know might be a victim of a scam. For example, Do they receive lots of phone calls from strangers or companies? Do they make frequent visits to bank and post office? Are they using alot of stamps and cheques? Do they appear anxious?
If you suspect that your loved one is being scammed, there are a number of things you can do to help protect them. For example, install a call blocker to stop phone calls from strangers and companies. You can help sort through mail for scam letters. Use a NO JUNK MAIL sign on front door or use the Royal Mail's website to opt out of unaddressed mail.
Another important way to protect someone from a scam is to spend time with them. Many older people are caught out by these scams simply beacuse they want someone to talk to. To help older people stay safe, the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign advice is to stop, challenge, and protect. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. And remember, if you think you have falledn for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.