Young people are the targets
Young people in the region are being warned that they are more vulnerable to certain types of online scams than other age groups.
As part of their Scams Awareness Month, Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau is targeting their message specifically at young people aged under 25 who may not be aware that they are at risk.
Recent Citizens Advice research shows that 65 per cent of Scots say the most common type of scam is email scams, which disproportionately affect younger people.
When asked about scam types, people aged 16-24 are most likely to mention online scams through websites or online shopping.
Over half of adults aged 18–24 are unlikely to report a scam, making them the largest group who are unlikely to take any action when encountering a scam.
Common scams targeting this age group include subscription traps, especially online through social media, identity fraud and job scams.
Motherwell and Wishaw CAB business development manager Alana Forsyth said they launched their Scams Awareness Campaign to make local people more vigilant in spotting scams and reporting them.
“This campaign is for everyone but each week we will focus particularly on one group in the community.
“This week, we are talking particularly to young people under 24,” she said.
“Evidence shows that younger people often think they are less likely to be hit by scams, but in fact this is not the case. Indeed many scammers will develop particular techniques that are aimed more at young people.
“Our message to young people is to be savvy about scams and make sure you don’t get caught out. If you receive emails or texts out of the blue offering what looks like a great deal, be sceptical.
“Check out the sender, ask your friends and family about them and don’t hand over any money until you are absolutely sure the offer is real.
“And if you are unlucky enough to be scammed, report it. Remember a scam is a crime.”