Young peo­ple are the tar­gets

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Niki Ten­nant

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.”

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