More than 5 million people a year in the UK are victims of scams, and one in ten people have fallen victim to financial scams losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
If you have fallen victim to a scam, it can be devastating. Scams can have serious financial and emotional consequences for victims, and can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment, fear, and anxiety. Please know that you are not alone in falling for a scam.
Here are some things that you could do:
1) Report it
As soon as you think you have been scammed, report it to Action Fraud. Reporting the fraud could help them catch the perpetrators and prevent other people from falling victim.
2) Talk about it
It’s really important to talk to someone if you are left feeling anxious, fearful, or guilty after experiencing a scam. Victim Support can help support those who have fallen for a scam, as can Think Jessica.
If you are feeling low or depressed, talk to your GP, who may be able to refer you to a counsellor to talk to.
You can call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time if you feel low or anxious and need someone to talk to.
3) Get advice
If you have lost money or gotten into debt through a scam, contact your local Age UK for advice. They may be able to identify savings or benefits you could receive to help you.
If you are having trouble paying your bills and are worried about what to do, visit your local Citizens Advice for advice.