Over the last few years, there has been a rise in the number of under-25s hit by scams. As ‘digital natives’, many young people feel like they are unlikely to fall for online scams, increasing their vulnerability. Over half of this group are unlikely to report. Young people are especially vulnerable to online and identity fraud.
Anyone can be scammed - including you. If you think you see a scam it’s important to report it to alert the authorities and to help stop others being targeted as well. Don’t miss a trick this Scams Awareness Month. Be scam aware.
- Watch out for scammers online! One third of scams happen on the web or via email.
- 84% of ID fraud happens online – a crime that costs people in the UK £3.3 billion a year.
- Walk away from jobs that ask you for money in advance. Check @saferjobs for more info
- Up to 10% of jobseekers have fallen victim to a scam, including paying money for non-existent checks or calling premium rate phone lines for interviews.
- Online shopping scams are the most common fraud in the UK, costing people £60 million a year. Most losses are around £200. Don’t miss a trick. Be #scamaware
- Online scams have shot up 60% in 5 years.
- There’s lots of free online security advice @GetSafeOnline to help you stay #scamaware www.getsafeonline.org