And even more worryingly, in some cases, those aged between just 11 and 20-years-old are being targeted by criminals. However, the new research found that most people tend to perceive older people aged 71-plus as being most at risk of fraud.
Barclays’ survey of 2,000 people in July compared people’s perceptions about who is most likely to fall for a scam with its own data on reported cases between April and June.
Its reported scams data found that over-70s were the victim in less than one in 20 (4.1%) cases.
Despite 21 to 30-year-olds being the most likely victims in Barclays’ scam reports, accounting for 29 per cent of cases, people tended to assume older people are more likely to be scammed, the bank found.
After 20-somethings, people aged 31 to 40…