Author: Age Cymru
Published on 09 August 2011 01:30 PM
Responding to newspaper reports that North Wales residents have recently lost thousands of pounds to phone scams, Louise Hughes Age Cymru’s Elder Abuse Programme Manager says:
“Criminals are always finding new ways to trick people out of their money and it is important that we are all up to date of the methods they use so that we can protect ourselves from scams.
“Many of us are now familiar with postal scams – letters dropping on our doormats, saying we’ve won a large sum of money and that we need to send the scammers a ‘release fee’, ‘processing fee’ or ‘administration fee’ to be able to claim this non-existent ‘prize’.
“But telephone and email scams are now increasingly common and criminals are increasingly brazen in the tactics they use to steal from us, including cold-calling people to trick them into revealing their bank details or make a payment for goods or a service they are not going to receive.
“The tell-tale signs that someone is trying to scam you is always the same and - it seems too good to be true, such as a complete stranger contacting you out-of-the-blue, offering you a refund of an insurance policy that you never took out, or asking for bank details or for money upfront then it is almost certain that you have been targeted by scammers.”