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Scams on the rise as half of Scots targeted

THE number of mass-marketing swindles attempting to trick people into handing over money is increasing with almost half of Scots having been targeted, consumer experts have warned.
A report published today by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) states only five per cent of scams are reported by their victims, which it says gives the fraudsters the confidence to keep going.
CAS spokesman Matt Lancashire called for greater public vigilance around the problem.
He said: “Scam cases – where people deliberately lie to con people out of money – are among the most distressing cases that Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisers see.
“We want to call today for every single person in the country to increase their vigilance and stand up to those who act like this. It’s time to declare war on scams.”
He said that eight per cent of those targeted by fraudsters will fall victim to the scam, which in extreme cases can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, and costs the UK economy an estimated £30 billion a year.
The CAS report said that the psychological impact of scams on their victims “can be devastating”.
“They can rob people of their entire life savings and can damage their emotional well-being. Victims often keep the fact they have fallen for a con a secret due to feelings of embarrassment and shame. This secrecy can cause estrangement from family and friends and isolation from society.”

Scams on the rise as half of Scots targeted

THE number of mass-marketing swindles attempting to trick people into handing over money is increasing with almost half of Scots having been targeted, consumer experts have warned.

A report published today by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) states only five per cent of scams are reported by their victims, which it says gives the fraudsters the confidence to keep going.

CAS spokesman Matt Lancashire called for greater public vigilance around the problem.

He said: “Scam cases – where people deliberately lie to con people out of money – are among the most distressing cases that Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisers see.

“We want to call today for every single person in the country to increase their vigilance and stand up to those who act like this. It’s time to declare war on scams.”

He said that eight per cent of those targeted by fraudsters will fall victim to the scam, which in extreme cases can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, and costs the UK economy an estimated £30 billion a year.

The CAS report said that the psychological impact of scams on their victims “can be devastating”.

“They can rob people of their entire life savings and can damage their emotional well-being. Victims often keep the fact they have fallen for a con a secret due to feelings of embarrassment and shame. This secrecy can cause estrangement from family and friends and isolation from society.”

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