..What's going on?
In general, all kinds of people are victims to scams, it doesn’t matter your background, gender or age, if you have a telephone, you have probably had a couple shady calls already.
However, older people are singled out immediately due to situations that may make them vulnerable, especially if they are lonely and/or living with dementia.
The impacts that these scams cause are devastating to anyone and the people in the UK alone lose at least £10bn each year with some people losing £50,000+ in some cases of fraud.
For help or more information, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I at risk?
Unfortunately most people are at risk of receiving phone calls from scammers but when knowing what to look out for, you're safe.
How do scammers get phone numbers??
There are a couple of ways your number can fall into the hands of scammers, the main methods are; number generators, as area codes are common knowledge, a program can be made to cycle through random numbers until someone picks up, when someones does, the program will store the number for a human to call at a later date. Another method is an unfortunate one, when you sign up to websites, apps, forums and games, some of these companies will sell your basic information.
I have been scammed, what should I do?
Head over to the Resolution page on tips on what you can do to resolve and prevent.