Scams aimed at older people
Read our guide on common scams and how to identify them. Plus, share it with relatives and friends, to help them keep one step ahead of scammers.
How to spot a scam
Spotting a scam isn’t always easy, but scammers tend to use some common tactics, which can give them away. Read our advice on what to look out for.
Concerned about someone being scammed?
If you’re worried that a relative or loved one could be vulnerable to scams, talk to them about protecting themselves and the common scams to look out for.
What to do if you’re caught out by a scammer
If you’re the victim of a scam, it’s important to report it. There’s no need to feel embarrassed; by speaking up you may stop others being caught out.
Here, we describe some of the most common phone scams and offer advice on how to deal with them.
Common phone scams
These are some of the most common phone scams to be aware of – and remember to trust your gut instinct if something doesn’t feel right.
Find out how to avoid common postal scams, the scale of the problem and what to look out for.
Common postal scams
Scammers are always coming up with new ideas, but here are some well-known postal scams to look out for.
Doorstep scammers will have a variety of tricks to scam you out of money. We explain what doorstep scams are and when alarm bells should ring.
Common doorstep scams
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 from common internet scams.
Older people can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and isolation. We explain why you may be affected.
Read about the benefits of reading and writing as you get older, and how to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Read about ways to increase the quality or quantity of contact with other people and tackle feelings of loneliness.