100,000 tar­geted by scam­mers

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - INTERVIEW -

MORE than 100,000 older Scots have been tar­geted by phone scam­mers, new re­search has re­vealed.

Age Scot­land is urg­ing peo­ple over 65 and their fam­i­lies to pro­tect them­selves from phone scams fol­low­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of its Nui­sance Calls Ac­tion Plan.

The most com­mon scams in­clude fraud­sters claim­ing to rep­re­sent pen­sion com­pa­nies, banks or en­ergy com­pa­nies, or of­fer­ing PPI claims.

Age Scot­land Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Keith Rob­son said: “These calls can have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on peo­ple’s qual­ity of life.

“They can also lead to peo­ple feel­ing more iso­lated, as they’re afraid to pick up their phone.”

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