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20th Oct, 2021

One in three targeted by scammers during lockdown, says Citizens Advice Bromsgrove and Redditch

Harry Leach 25th Jun, 2020 Updated: 25th Jun, 2020

ONE in three people in the West Midlands have been targeted by a scam since lockdown began, according to new research.

It found that 61 per cent of people are worried they know someone who will fall foul of a con.

And 89 per cent reported they felt wary of coronavirus scams in particular.

Citizens Advice Bromsgrove and Redditch which conducted the research is encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others who could be at risk.

Chief officer of Citizens Advice, Sonia Hambidge, said: “Our data shows that the last few months have been very difficult for a lot of people.

“It’s really important we all do our bit and report anything that looks like a con when we see it.

“By learning how scammers operate and helping each other understand what to look out for, we can all work together to stop fraudsters in their tracks.”

Examples of how to avoid being scammed include installing a call blocker, talking to your bank immediately if there is any suspicious activity and never sending money to someone you’ve never met.

For more information contact Citizens Advice on 0300 330 2157.

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