Young people most common target for cyberscammers
A TEENAGER is urging other young people to seek help and advice if they are targeted by scammers.
Young people are the most common target for cyber-scammers who attempt to extract money or personal details.
Alice Wood, 17, from Cheadle, is a student at Moorlands Sixth Form Centre and trainee advisor at the town’s Citizens Advice Bureau.
As part of Scams Awareness Month, Alice, along with Cheadle CAB’s research and campaigns co-ordinator, Bianca Pedder, are urging younger people to be scam-aware.
Alice said: “There are scams targeted just at young people. For example when people go to University for the first time on their own.
“They can pay a deposit for student housing and then they get there and the house doesn’t exist.
“I’ve seen it among my friends who have clicked on an article on Facebook and then someone has obtained their mobile phone number.
“They end up being subscribed to a service or product and don’t know until they get a text saying they are being charged.
“They have to ring to cancel the subscription and that often has a cost as well.”
Other scams online include fake jobs, high-cost modelling “portfolios” and false competitions.
Bianca said: “The common scams are subscription scams, especially through social media.
“What CAB are concerned about is a sharp rise in the number of young people who are becoming victims of scams – but over half of them are reluctant to report this to the police.
“Young people know the online world and there is an impression that they won’t get scammed.
“We want young people to understand that anybody can be the victim of a scam – people of any age and any gender.”
Scams can be reported to the police or Action Fraud, while the CAB can help with advice on how to deal with the aftermath of a scam, how to report it and how to possibly retrieve any money.
Alice added: “The reality is, if you don’t report it, it’s never going to get sorted.
“Action Fraud are experts at what they do and the people who are scamming you are experts at scams.
“If you cancel the subscription and don’t do anything it isn’t closing down their scamming empire and leaves other people open to being targeted.”
More information is available online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk, or advice is available at the Cheadle CAB behind Lulworth House in High Street, or be telephoning 0344 411 1444.
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