Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Email and Online Scams

The internet has been a boon for scammers, enabling them to contact potential victims around the world while staying anonymous.  As older people become more confident and accustomed to using the internet, their risk of becoming a victim of online scams increases.

Action Fraud lists 30 different types of online fraud.  Fraudsters have invented scams for all manner of products and services, including loans, dating, holidays, business opportunities, clairvoyants, pharmaceuticals, lottery prizes, even recovery of money lost to fraud!

According to Which?, 62% of people say they have been targeted by online scammers in the last 12 months.


Different types of online fraud


People targeted by online scammers


Many scammers use email to target their victims with fraudulent offers or requests for personal information, but this is not the only way that fraudsters operate online.  Here are some others:

– Fake pop-ups in your online banking window

– Retail websites offering fake goods

– Links in email or social media messages that, once clicked on, will infect your computer with a virus or malware that deletes or steals your data

– Providing fraudulent wifi connections in public places

Older people are judged to be particularly at risk of certain types of online scams…