Age UK: Taking stock on tackling scams

A growing problem? As trading standards professionals will know only too well, older people are likely to be losing large amounts of money – and worse, facing potential health impacts – because they are targeted by scammers. Our recent report ‘Only the tip of the iceberg’ showed that over half (53%) of people aged 65+ believe…

Not Sure? Don’t Open the Door!

Operation Liberal is the national intelligence unit for organised travelling criminality.  The operation gathers intelligence on the many crime types committed by those criminals who travel in order to offend.  These crime types include those committed on the doorstep including distraction burglary and rogue trading. The victims of these crime types tend to be older…

Scams Awareness Month set for July

We cannot impress enough how much scams negatively impact the financial and emotional well being of UK citizens. There’s a misnomer among the public that scams only happen to the elderly. This is far from the truth. Scams impact everyone. Teenagers, parents, the elderly – everyone. Every year through Scams Awareness Month (SAM), TSI, Citizens…

Action Fraud on how businesses can protect against scammers

In light of recently released Citizens Advice data showing that four million UK residents are scammed each year, TSI sat down with Steve Proffitt, head of Action Fraud, to discuss scams and how businesses and consumers can protect themselves against them. Action Fraud is the national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, providing a central point…

Think Jessica on how to spot a scam victim

When Marilyn Baldwin’s mother, Jessica, was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, Marilyn already knew her mother was a victim of scam mail. But what she didn’t know was the sheer extent of Jessica’s problem, and the mental and physical damage it had inflicted on her mother as a result. Whilst Jessica was in hospital, Baldwin removed…

A call blocking action plan: Is it enough?

Nuisance calls aren’t just annoying, they are detrimental to the well-being of vulnerable members of the community. However, the the tide is turning as anti-nuisance call campaigner and Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart, explains. The start of Scams Awareness Month marked six months from the date of the aborted second reading for my Private Member’s Bill, the Communications (Unsolicited Telephone Calls and Texts)…