Scams are tricks that criminals use to con people out of money. Scammers are clever and ruthless, and their stories can be very convincing. They often target vulnerable older people, but anyone can be a victim of a scam. In this guide we explain common scams and give advice on how to protect you or your relative against them.
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In this guide
We explain common scams, give tips on how to identify them, and offer advice on what to do if you or your relative is unlucky enough to become a victim.
Here we describe the most common phone scams and offer advice on how to deal with them.
Find out how to avoid common postal scams and what to do if you are concerned about a relative.
This article tells you about common doorstep scams, explains your rights and what to do if you get unwanted doorstep callers.
Read our advice about staying safe online and how to protect yourself or your relative from common internet scams.
Isobel’s mother Evelyn was a victim of scam letters and phone calls for 20 years. The saga finally ended when she went into a care home.
Read Isobel's story