Scam calls have been on the up since the pandemic. Some are even offering help from the government to write off all our debts, for example.
As older people are often targeted, Age UK have some good advice on how we can all protect ourselves:
- Never reveal personal details – even if our bank rings us, tell them they need to prove who THEY are
- Hang up – this is no time for politeness, don’t accept anything dodgy
- Call them back – ask for a number and, if possible, look up at that number online to check it’s legit
- Don’t be rushed – scammers will pressure us so we don’t notice what they’re up to, if they’re pushy, hang up! If the caller really has our interests at heart, they’ll understand.