Scams Awareness Campaign continues: over 70s most affected

People in Moray who are aged over 70 are being urged this week to look out for scams which target their age group and which can lead to people losing thousands of pounds.

Moray Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) says over-70s are reported to be the most affected by a wide range of scams, including cold callers using landlines, postal scams like ‘you have won a prize’ letters and doorstep scams like fake tradesmen.

Moray CAB is urging people to be vigilant and sceptical of any offers that seem too good to be true, and to report any scams they come across.

“This is in the third week of Scams Awareness Month, being run by the Citizens Advice Network, Age Scotland and Police Scotland,” says Moray CAB manager Mary Riley. “This campaign is for everyone, but this week we are focusing our message particularly on people over 70.

“Research has shown that this age group is often hit by scammers who use landlines or the mail, or knock on their doors. We have seen some very distressing cases of older people losing their pension, or their life savings.

“As always, it is not just the financial loss that is damaging. People who have had money taken from them by a scam often experience embarrassment and loss of confidence.

“Our message to all people in the Moray area is that we need to work together to beat the scammers. Millions of pounds are lost every year to scams, and so much of this could be avoided if people were a little more sceptical and also if they talked more about scams. That’s how we can stop them targeting other people.

“We urge people to follow our Top Tips, and to spread the word about our campaign to friends and neighbours – particularly, this week, to those over 70.”

MORAY CAB TOP TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT SCAMS

  • Be wary of all tradespeople on your doorstep and thoroughly check their ID. Genuine traders won’t mind you being sceptical.
  • Be cautious when answering the phone to an unknown caller, or opening unexpected letters.
  • If unsure of an offer or deal, don’t hand over any money or information. Ask your friends or family what they think.
  • Always report scams to the police or to Trading Standards. That’s how we will stop them!

Moray CAB is a holding an event this week on Thursday 21 June at St Giles Shopping Centre between 11am to 1 pm.