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Older people are more prone to online scams, according to the Scottish Business Crime Centre
Older people are more prone to online scams, according to the Scottish Business Crime Centre
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Elderly people who use computers and the internet may be more prone to being caught out by online and email scams.

That warning comes from the Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC), which is part of a new campaign to raise awareness of various issues that can place older people at risk of financial harm.

Gary Ritchie, assistant director of SBCC, said: “While many of us have been using the internet for some time and have grown to recognise these types of scam emails, anyone can be caught out as new scams are constantly being designed to trick unwary web surfers into parting with money or personal information.

“The increase in ‘silver surfers’ using the internet as a way of communicating now means that older people are increasingly exposed to these crimes.”

A recent study by Age UK found almost half of over 60’s questioned said they had been targeted by a scam last year.

Sharon Murphy, chair of Fife Community Safety Partnership’s Internet Safety group, said: “While a great deal of work has been done already to keep children and young people safe, we have recognised the need to extend this work to provide advice to adults and older people.

“It is important to remind people about the basics of staying safe online and not being afraid to ask family and friends for help.

“If you are not sure about something or it looks to good to be true then it probably is.”