Citizens Advice shares its learnings about the world of scams
Citizens Advice says many often assume that it’s older, less ‘digitally savvy’ people that get scammed. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Fraudsters have adapted their techniques whenever there’s been a new development in the pandemic, and they are taking advantage of the financial pressures people are under.
Every year, Citizens Advice runs Scams Awareness Fortnight with the Consumer Protection Partnership. Here, it explains what it has learnt about scams in the past year.
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