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Charity providing information, advice and support for the elderly.
Tel: 0800 169 6565 (advice line)
UK’s National Fraud reporting centre. They monitor and investigate cases of fraud. If you’ve been scammed or conned, let them know.
Tel: 0300 123 2040
For advice on consumer law or reporting unscrupulous traders.
Tel: 03454 04 05 06
Independent regulator of the UK communications industry, offers advice about nuisance calls and texts.
Guide to nuisance calls
UK Premium rate services regulator. Report any scams related to premium rate numbers to them.
Tel: 0800 500 212
Free, confidential 24-hour phone line for older people. People can call anytime for advice, information or simply a chat.
0800 4 70 80 90
Support and advice for victims of postal scams.
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Page first published: July 2015
Next review due: May 2017