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Older people are increasingly the target for criminal activity. How can we help?

Top 10 searched queries about scam calls answered

Collaborative Post Repeatedly getting calls from numbers you don’t recognise is frustrating. Often, they’re nuisance calls from cold callers trying to sell you something you don’t want, but they can also be potentially dangerous. Scam calls can allow criminals access to your personal information, which they’ll then use to commit fraud or scam you out […]

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How to avoid garage scams

Collaborative Post Do you sometimes feel intimidated taking your car to the garage? This is a common issue that many motorists have as they often fear that they will be scammed or taken advantage of due to their lack of knowledge about cars. While most garages are friendly and reliable, you will find that there […]

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Latest on phishing scams and other tales of dastardly behaviour

No apologies for returning to the subject of scams yet again for an update. The sort of good news is, contrary to popular belief, that older people are not necessarily the most vulnerable when it comes to phishing and its relations. This is simply because many of the most senior members of the population don’t […]

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The ultimate guide to avoiding online fraud in 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity and challenge of introducing older family members to the pleasures and pitfalls of the internet. But avoiding the predators is a long-term task. And it won’t be an easy one for anyone who isn’t constantly up-to-date and alert to the latest attempts to steal their data and […]

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Protecting older people from tax scams

Today’s scammers try to take on any persona possible to relieve the vulnerable of the contents of the bank accounts, or even their savings and investments. A particular favourite at the moment seems to be fake messages from the tax office, demanding payments or even offering to help with refunds from HMRC. What sort of […]

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Scamming phone callers asking for payment cards

It’s always wise to be wary of the identity of a person you don’t know when speaking to them on the phone, even if they give you a name or a phone number. If a call you’ve received ‘doesn’t seem quite right’, it’s better safe than sorry. Report fraud or attempted fraud, by contacting Action […]

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Top tips for keeping the scammers out

Scamming seems to be a growth industry and the techniques that scammers use can be overt or subtle. Shân Hughes provides a roundup of advice that you can pass on to older members of the family to keep them safe both in their home and online. And she offers some pointers to getting trusted help […]

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