Scams

Many people receive junk mail, telephone calls, emails, letters, cold callers etc that are from scammers. A scammer is someone who is trying to get your bank details or trying to get you to part with your hard earned cash for goods or services that don't actually exist.

Whilst many people can figure out more or less straight away that someone is trying to scam them there are unfortunately many people who will believe what they read or are told.

Anyone can fall for a scam but those often hit hardest are the elderly, many of whom will lose their life savings. Research by the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) shows that the elderly are likely to lose twice as much per scam than others, often falling for deceptive prize draws, lotteries, miracle health cures etc.

More information can be found at the website of the OFT and there are some leaflets for carers and care professionals that can be downloaded. Click below for details.

http://www.oft.gov.uk/news/press/2008/14-08

The Guardian newspaper have an article on some of the best and worst scams that cost us Brits an estimated 1 billion a year. Click below for more details.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2005/feb/01/netnotes.scamsandfraud

Whilst scamming is a heinous way to make money from people there are some people out there who have decided to fight back. These people are known as scam baiters and basically play the scammers at their own game. The Guardian newspaper has also done an article on those who fight back. For more details click the link below.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2003/nov/16/money.scamsandfraud

Email fraud is virulent in today's society and anyone who uses the Internet and any email program should be aware of the dangers of email fraud. Details on the type of email fraud, an example of a fraudulent email and how to avoid them are covered in this website page.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_fraud

For information about nuisance calls and junk mail please visit our information page here

http://www.calderdale-online.org/businesses/nuisancecalls.html

Compiled by Nycola Simpson 2008