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Scammers 'target 7 in 10 older people a month'

Scammers 'target 7 in 10 older people a month'
22nd September 2008

Seven out of ten older people are targeted by scams each month, new research suggests.

More than 6.6 million people in older age groups are contacted by letter or telephone each month as part of attempts to con them out of their savings, according to the survey from Help the Aged and Barclays.

It found that although people across the population are affected by such scams, older people are more likely to be targeted.

Rachel Corry, programme manager of Your Money Matters at Help the Aged, said criminals targeting older people in this way can have a "devastating effect" on their victims.

Providing tips on how to avoid falling prey to scams, she added: "We would advise people to avoid disclosing their personal information, such as bank account or credit card details, unless it is to [a] trusted source."

Meanwhile, special adviser at Help the Aged Mervyn Kohler last month said new figures which suggest over-60s now outnumber under-18s in the UK should be a cause for celebration.

However, he added that the data should "give everyone pause for thought" to consider the wider social and economic implications of the demographic shift.

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