An estimated half a million older people in the UK have fallen victim to a scam. However, the real number could be much higher because many people may feel embarrassed to admit they’ve been conned. Although anyone can be the victim of a scam, older people may be more vulnerable because scams often target people who live alone, are at home during the day, have more savings and valuables and are willing to talk to fraudsters.
Independent Age has launched a new, free guide, called Scamwise: Spotting, avoiding and reporting scams, to help older people and their families recognise scams and know what to do if they spot one or if they think they have been the victim of a scam, as well as advice on how to protect themselves from being scammed. Order your free copy of Scamwise today by calling 0800 319 6789 or visit the Independent Age website to order online.