Almost half of people over 65 think they have been targeted in a scam


More than two-fifths of older individuals think they have been targeted by fraudulent advertising, with single individuals more inclined to be deceived than their coupled equivalents, as per another study.

Somewhere in the range of 43% of more than 65s suspect that they have been targeted. Of the individuals who had already been targeted by tricksters, 16% of single more old individuals paid them cash, in comparison to 6% of the individuals who were married.

Single individuals were additionally more susceptible to scam than wedded individuals to have provided tricksters with their own data, the study from Age UK found.

The discoveries concur with Scams Awareness month in July, organised by Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services.

Two-thirds or roughly 64% of those targeted by scammers did not report it to an official channel, with almost over a third (36%) just trusting in loved ones, and more than a fifth (22%) conceding they didn’t tell anybody at all since they felt excessively humiliated.

Phishing, (for example, trick messages) was the most widely recognised trick in the review, trailed by vishing or verbal correspondence, rogue dealers and card fraud.

Caroline Abrahams, philanthropy chief at Age UK, stated:

“Everyone has the right to feel comfortable, safe and secure at home, yet there are an increasing number of sophisticated scams designed to cheat people of their money, empty their bank account or steal their identity.

“We are urging all older people, and their friends and families, to be vigilant and get up to speed on how to avoid scams.

“If there is any doubt about the authenticity of an offer or piece of correspondence, do not respond and report it to the authorities immediately.”

Age UK offers free data and guidance for any individual who is stressed over being misled, including free guides.

It provides more information here.

More than 1,300 individuals aged 65 or more over Britain partook in the study.