One million pensioners will be on ‘suckers lists’ by 2019

by | Feb 14, 2017 | News, Safety at Home

Around one million pensioners will be on “suckers lists” of people vulnerable to scams within two years, a lead researcher for trading standards has warned. The number of victims is soaring at a rapid rate with the Government’s database of 300,000 people expected to more than triple by 2019, according to Prof Keith Brown who conducts scams research on behalf of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Suckers lists are made up of repeat victims who may have responded to mail scams, such as fake competitions and lotteries. The majority of victims are elderly and live alone. BOPAG