Scam cheats ‘prey on old’


Stressed Hispanic couple paying bills on laptop

More than two-fifths of older people believe they have been targeted by scammers, with single people more likely to be tricked, claims a study.

Of the 43% of over-65s who have been victims, 16% of single people paid money compared with 6% of those who were married. Phishing via emails was the most common scam.

Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, which did the poll, said: "We urge all older people, their family and friends to get up to speed on how to avoid scams."

To help you protect yourself from scammers TalkTalk has created three easy steps to follow:

Hang up

Think calmly about what you are being told, ask yourself if it makes sense. Don't give out any personal details. If it feels wrong, hang up.

Make tea

Making a cup of tea is the perfect opportunity to get away from the phone, pause and reflect on what to do next.

Call back

If the caller claimed to be from a company, call the official number (not the number you were called by) and ask whether they've called you. If they didn't they can help you report it.

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