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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
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