With fraud offences on the rise in England and Wales, Citizens Advice is warning households to take care to avoid being targeted by scammers.
These are the most common ways fraudsters contact potential victims.
- Phone (34%)
- Website (24%)
- Letter or fax (16%)
- Email (10%)
Citizens Advice also offered some examples of the types of scams used most often.
- Online shopping and auction fraud (40,000 reported cases)
- Counterfeit cashier cheques
- Dating scams
- Fake loan companies trying to get hold of people's personal details