During Scams Awareness Month Age UK warned of those most at risk to scams.
Single people were more likely to be scammed than married people. This may be due to married people being more inclined to discuss the 'scam offering' with their partner especially if money is tied up jointly and so the scammer would have to con not one but two people at a time.
If you are single, married or of any age you may be approached by a fraudster. The Take Five campaign asks you to take some time to think before taking any action and perhaps just talking to someone, a friend, a neighbour, doctor may help someone see through a would be scam.
Single people and over 75s at greater risk Among single people, over a quarter had responded to a scam. They were also more likely to proceed to paying the scammers. 16% of single people had given over money, compared to only 6% of married people. Over a fifth of those who weren't in a relationship had also given their personal details to scammers. Only 2% of married people had done this. Age is also a big factor in falling for a scam. People over the age of 75 were more inclined to give scammers their financial or personal information.