Research by Citizens Advice Cymru has found that nearly 60% of people have been approached by a scammer in the last two years. Most worryingly, of those targeted, only 44% spoke to someone else about it.
Under the slogan “Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware” Citizens Advice Cymru and Nick Ramsay, Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, are encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others, particularly more vulnerable people, during this festive period.
More than half of all scams reported to the Citizens Advice consumer service in the last year used well-established, oﬄine methods. These classic tactics from the scammers’ playbook include unsolicited doorstep-selling, mail and cold-callin that saw people lose an average of almost £3,000.
Fraudsters using these methods are known to overwhelmingly target older and more vulnerable people.
Speaking today Nick said:
“Christmas is usually a time for celebration. However, for some, scams can really ruin the festive season.
“This is why I’ve teamed up with Citizens Advice Cymru to encourage people not only to be vigilant about scams but, if they do come into contact with them, to report it and to warn others.
“If you’re unsure about a potential scam, always check.”
If you’re worried that you or someone you know has become victim to a scam, you can contact Citizens Advice’s consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 (Welsh language).