Scams Awareness Fortnight
Scams Awareness Fortnight is an annual campaign run by Citizens Advice with the Consumer Protection Partnership (CPP). This year’s campaign took place from 13 – 26 June and was themed on scams and the cost of living crisis. New research by Citizens Advice found that millions more people have been targeted by scammers as the cost of living crisis takes hold. More than three quarters of UK adults said they have been targeted by a scammer this year – a 14% increase compared to this time last year.
Citizens Advice has seen a range of different cost-of-living scam tactics used by scammers, including:
- Emails claiming to be from the regulator Ofgem asking people to enter their bank details to get the energy rebate
- Asking people to enter their mother’s maiden name to receive a refund on their energy and council tax bill
For information on the genuine types of help available such as struggling with living costs, visit: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/if-youre-struggling-with-living-costs
Or if you want to report a scam, go to: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/consumer/scams/reporting-a-scam