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Age UK publish annual crime survey results

· AgeUK has published the results of its annual crime survey among elderly people in England and Wales. The report finds an older person becomes a victim of fraud every 40 seconds and that of respondents aged 65 and over, 8% reported being the victim of fraud in the last year, which is equivalent to over 800,000 older people in England and Wales. The report also discusses police crime figures which find reported fraud incidents across the UK for people aged 16 years and over have increased 17% since 2018 to a total of 3.8 million incidents per year, meaning people are now nearly three times more likely to be a victim of fraud than to be burgled and nearly 19 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than to be mugged. The report called for a government-wide approach to tackling this problem and shared resources Age UK have developed to help older people protect themselves from crime, such as fraud.

Here is a useful checklist to help protect yourself from fraud:

Age UKís top five steps to reduce the risk of being scammed:

STOP – Never do anything you donít want to or make any decisions on the spot
CHECK – Always check their credentials
ASK – Always ask someone you trust for a second opinion
MINE – Do not give away personal information
SHARE – Share your experience with others to lower their risk of being scammed