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All that glitters is not gold

36 million people in the United Kingdom have been targeted by scammers so far in 2021! (Citizens Advice, June 2021)

Who are Citizens Advice?

Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities that offers free confidential advice online, over the phone and in person. They share independent advice to empower people with knowledge and confidence to face up to their problems and resolve difficulties on a variety of subjects to include consumer rights.

In a recent study by the Citizens Advice more than two thirds of adults have been targeted by a scammer since January 2021.

So far in 2021 73% of over 55-year-olds have been contacted by a scammer compared to 57% in people under the age of 34. 9% of the under 34-year-olds had fallen victim to a scam compared to 2% of the over 55s. From research undertaken by the Citizen Advice in 2021 those 34 and under are almost 5 times more likely to fall victim to a scam.

61% of younger people were most likely to be targeted by text or messaging service, while 73% of those over 55 were most likely to be targeted over the phone.

The different tactics used by scammers include:

  • An elderly man who sent £240,000 to an account he thought belonged to his bank.
  • A young woman lost £2,000 to a fake cryptocurrency company after receiving a message from a friend's hacked social media account.
  • A woman who lost £750 she had sent to a bogus dog breeder

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service confirms reports of scams are on the increase. During the first five months of 2021 the number of scams reported have more than doubled compared to the same period in 2020.

Scam emails are up by 667%, and scams via telephone calls have increased 60%.

Citizen Advice puts people first and are here to help. For help contact your local Citizens Advice.

Don't feel embarrassed about reporting a scam – scammers are clever, scams can happen to anyone.

Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that exists electronically.
Independent means that something or someone is not influenced or controlled by others.
A scammer is a person that makes money using illegal methods.
Victim –
A victim is a person that has been harmed physically, financially or emotionally.
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