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Scammers exploiting fears over cost-of-living crisis, Citizen Advice warns

MORE than three-quarters of adults have been targeted by scammers this year as criminals exploit fears around the cost-of-living crisis, new research suggests. 

Citizens Advice warned that it had seen a range of associated scams, including emails claiming to be from Ofgem offering a £400 energy rebate. 

Research by the group, released today, showed that the number of people targeted by scammers has jumped 14 per cent compared with the same period last year, with the most common type of scams involving deliveries, postal or courier services (55 per cent.) 

Twelve per cent of respondents reported being targeted by energy scams, and 28 per cent by someone offering rebates and refunds. 

Citizens Advice chief executive Dame Clare Moriarty said: “We know scammers prey on our worries and fears and the cost-of-living crisis is no exception.

“Anyone can be targeted by a scam, and as the purse strings are tightened and financial pressures pile on, it’s more important than ever we recognise the red flags.”

She urged people to report scams. 

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