Independent Age Guide To Scams & How To Avoid Them

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Scams are designed to trick you into giving away your money, possessions, or personal details. Any of us can fall for a scam, so it’s important to know what they might look like, where you might encounter them and how you can protect yourself. To find out more, visit our web page How to avoid a scam | Independent Age.

Our Scamwise guide also provides essential information to help you spot, avoid and report scams. It looks at common scams to watch out for, and has tips and information on what you can do and where you can get support if you have been scammed. Read more about this in our Scamwise guide.

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What to do if you’ve been scammed

Being scammed can be distressing, but there is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you’ve been the victim of a scam, it’s important to know it isn’t your fault. Scams are crimes and many people fall victim to them. You can read more about what to do if you’ve been scammed on our web page What to do if you’ve been the victim of a scam | Independent Age

It’s important to report it and get the support you need. There are places you can find help if you need it.

If you think someone you know is being, or has been, targeted by scammers, check our web page How to help someone if you think they’re being scammed | Independent Age for useful tips and information.

Are you scamwise?Scams can affect your mental healthNeed help? Let’s chatFor more information about any of the above, you can contact our Helpline team on freephone 0800 319 6789, or via the web chat.

Take our scams quiz here Are you scamwise? | Independent Age and find out whether you can beat the scammers.

Stay informed and keep yourself safe with our information on scams.

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Distressing situations like being the victim of a scam or changes in our lives, such as illness, or bereavement, can make us more vulnerable to low moods or depression.

It’s important to know that if you do experience low mood or depression, you’re not alone. It’s always okay to ask for support and talk about how you feel.

To find out more about this and the support options available, take a look at our Dealing with depression guide below and get your free copy. This offers tips and information on things you can try to look after yourself if you’re feeling low, how to stay well, where to go for help if you need it and other essential information.

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If you want to speak to our friendly Helpline team for information and advice, you can also do this by using our web chat. You can find this on our website – look for the yellow ‘Need Help?’ box in the bottom right-hand corner of our web pages.

Our Helpline team can be reached on our web chat, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (weekends and bank holidays: closed).