Be Scams AwareDate published: 2nd August 2017
Citizens Advice and Rights Fife are raising awareness of scams in the Fife area.
75 is the average age of reported scam victims and £4500 was found to be the average financial loss for those between 75–79 years old. Those over-70 have the highest reported detriment from a number of different types of scams.
It could be a scam if:
- The call, letter, email or text has come out of the blue
- You’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and didn’t buy a ticket
- You are asked to send money in advance
- You are told you have to respond quickly so don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends before you decide
We advise that you:
- Never give your bank details to people you don’t know
- Do not respond to competitions you haven’t entered and never reveal your bank details or pay fees in advance to release your prize.
- Keep important personal documents, plastic cards and chequebooks in a safe and secure place
- Shred bank statements, receipts and other documents containing any financial information, such as account numbers
- Try to memorise passwords and PIN numbers.
Further information can be found here.