In the news: Scale of Fraud in Suffolk

Contributing to the article in today’s East Anglian Daily Times, Chris Goldsmith, our Money Advice Team Manager says:

“Sadly, we are not surprised by these figures as they reflect what we are seeing in our work with vulnerable people.

The reasons behind this rise are not only the increased sophistication of some of these scams, and the relative ease of being able to spoof an official website or communication, but also the fact that many people are now forced to do things online.

Financial fraud can have a devastating impact on people’s lives with significant sums of money often being lost, with no hope of recovery.”

Chris also highlighted how, during the coronavirus crisis, more people are being forced to do things online “without the experience, training, or support to ensure that they can identify whether they are dealing with the correct organisation and are not handing out unnecessary personal details”.

“To protect themselves or people around them, people need to be extra vigilant and always ask: ‘Is this communication/request definitely from who it says it is?’ If not check, via another communication method.

Ask: ‘Is the request reasonable, do they really need this information?’ Again, if unsure check independently.

Don’t act in haste – if you are not sure, ask someone you trust to check before you take action.

Sadly fraud and fraudsters constantly evolve and adapt, so vigilance and thinking before we act have to be our first lines of defence.”