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72% of people have been targeted by scammers says official figures

Published Friday, 07 June 2019

Statistics released by Citizens Advice have revealed that 72% of people have been targeted by scammers in the last 2 years, either via mail, phones calls, text messages, email, online or face to face.

The figures were released ahead of Scam Awareness Fortnight (10 - 23 Jun).

To coincide with the event, East Northamptonshire Council has issued a warning to residents across the district, especially the elderly and vulnerable, to be continuously wary and to report anything suspicious.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “With nearly ¾ of us having been victims of scams, it is important that the public are vigilant and report anything suspicious. The elderly remain the most vulnerable, with criminals still using the more traditional techniques, alongside the recent rise in cyber scams. As a council, we continuously work with the police to tackle scammers, but we can’t do so without the support of the general public. 7 out of 10 scam victims do not report a crime and we would like to use this fortnight to remind people to come forward.”

When dealing with a potential scam, Citizens Advice has put together the following top tips:

  • If unsure, say NO!
  • Be wise to rogue traders.
  • Don’t feel pressured to make a decision.
  • Be wise to postal scams.
  • Keep personal details safe.
  • Research the credentials of the company.
  • Be online savvy and check who you’re communicating with online.
  • Talk to someone you trust if you’re suspicious.
  • Report a scam
  • Know you are not alone. Anyone can be a victim, report it and get the right support.

If you think you or someone you know might have been the victim of a scam, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For further advice on scams call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.