Contact newsdesk on:

Classified adverts   I   Jobs                               

Small Ads & Local Services    


Hebrides News


Western Isles Citizens Advice Service is now in the second week of scams awareness month, the campaign that aims to encourage local people to spot, avoid and report scams.


This week the campaign is focusing in particular on people aged under 30. While not the largest demographic of people hit by scams, this group has been seeing an increase in fraud the last few years.


Young people are also more vulnerable to certain types of scam, like subscription traps, identity fraud, job scams, ticketing scams and general online fraud.



A spokesperson for WICAS said: “Our campaign had a great start last week and it is important that people are aware that scams can hit anyone at any time.


“Our general message is to be wary, to challenge any trader or deal you are unsure of, always read the small print and never give out your personal details to someone you don’t know.


“This week we want to focus these messages particularly towards younger people.


“The evidence suggests that incidents of fraud are increasing among young people, and yet younger people are more confident than most groups that they can avoid scams.


“We would not like to think that younger people here in the Western Isles are lowering their guard and making themselves vulnerable to fraud.


“So we want to stress to young people locally that they are all potential scam victims, and that they need to protect themselves against those who would steal their money.


“People need to become more savvy and beat the scammers.”


Tips that are particularly relevant to young people include:   





Scammers targeting younger generation

14 July 2017