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Vulnerable victims of fraud

People who can be especially vulnerable to scams include older people and people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or dementia. Elderly people have savings, time and trust - three reasons why scam artists will relentlessly prey on them. They are vulnerable and often alone in the house without a voice of reason or second opinion.

Types of scams vulnerable people may be targeted by:

• Pension Scams
• Investment scams
• Lottery Scams
• Romancing scams
• Doorstep scams including diversion fraud
• Identity Theft
• Credit card fraud
• Will Writing services
• Phishing calls
• Cold Callers

Elderly victims are targeted for high value handsets. The victim accepts delivery of the handsets to their address and the fraudster later calls to the door claiming to be from a parcel courier and advising the handset was delivered in error. The handsets are then handed over to the fraudster by the victim as they believe this is the correct process.

If you have been a victim of fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit *. Action Fraud is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be reported to Police via 101. However, if debit cards, online banking or cheques are involved in the scam your first step should to contact your bank or credit card company.

Useful link:
Age UK -

*These links to external sites are provided as a courtesy and we are not responsible for the content of these sites or any problems encountered whilst applying these steps and we are not able to provide any technical support for such problems.

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