There are dozens of different types of scams, but older people are particularly at risk of certain types. Click on the links below to find out more about each one and how to avoid being taken in by it.
- Doorstep scams
- Mail scams
- Telephone scams, including text message scams
- Investment scams, (also known as boiler room scams)
- Online scams, including email scams (known as phishing)
- Romance scams (also known as catfishing)
New and emerging threats
Please click here for COVID-19 scams and crimes.
Scammers are innovative – they are always thinking up new ways of deceiving people and parting them from their hard-earned money. Natwest and Trading Standards have identified a raft of new scam types that have cropped up just in the last year or two, or are expected to become more widespread this year. Click here to find out about the ones most likely to target older people.