More than two thirds of adults – 36 million – have been targeted by a scammer since January, new research by Citizens Advice has found.

While over 55s are most likely to be targeted, those 34 and under are almost five times more likely to fall victim to a scam than their older counterparts*, the charity can reveal.

Younger people were most likely to be targeted by text or messaging service (61%), while those over 55 were most likely to be targeted over the phone (73%).

Of all those targeted by a scammer:

54% were about fake deliveries or parcels

41% were by someone pretending to be from the government

12% were by someone offering a fake investment or get rich quick scheme

Data from Citizens Advice Consumer Service confirms reports of scams are increasing sharply. Comparing the first five months of 2021 with the same period in 2020:


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