Unfortunately, scammers are constantly looking for their next victim and diversifying their tactics to achieve it. This was the case of Sheree, a 65-year-old woman who currently lives alone.
Sheree has around £800 a month, made up of her Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim and her private pension.
The money allows her to cover essential bills, as well as the care she needs.
However, unfortunately for the scammers, Sheree was just another person they could viciously target.
The 65-year-old soon found herself the target of a scam which saw the crooks spend nearly £1,000 on her card.
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A new study by Citizens Advice has shown that more than 40 million Britons have been targeted by scammers this year.
Individuals are urged to be careful as the cost of living crisis is being exploited by fraudsters to target Britons.
Scams include emails claiming to be from regulator Ofgem asking people to enter their bank details to get the £400 energy rebate, or claiming the government is handing out £200,000 randomly to people of retirement age , disabled or low income. .
There are ways Britons can protect themselves against the target, according to Jane Parsons, consumer expert at Citizens Advice.
Offers that seem too good to be true probably are and individuals should always be hesitant.
Also, those who are forced to transfer money quickly or pay in an unusual way could be involved in a scam.
A huge telltale sign that a scam is in the works, Ms Parsons added, is if people are asked for personal information such as passwords or PIN numbers.
Dame Clare Moriarty, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “We know that 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 purse strings tighten and financial pressures mount, recognizing red flags is more important than ever.
“By reporting scams and sharing our own experiences, we can work together to protect ourselves and each other.”
Those who believe they have been scammed have been advised to contact Action Fraud or Police Scotland.
Individuals should contact their bank or card company immediately if they have provided financial or sensitive information, or made a payment.
They can also take the matter to Citizens Advice, where the organization will also offer advice.