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Nearly one in four older people in NI fall victim to scams

The research suggests that one in ten older victims had lost more than £1,000. Credit: UTV

Almost one in four older people in Northern Ireland have been scammed, according to a new report.

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament carried out the research and the study found that older people are more likely to fall for software scams and fake emails.

Criminals are most successful when targeting older people online or by telephone.

The research suggests that one in ten older victims had lost more than £1,000

Romance or dating scams were also the most common scams resulting in a high value financial loss.

The report and its findings will be discussed at the 2017 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in Belfast on Thursday.

The parliament, organised by older people's charity Age Sector Platform, will see around 200 older people from right across the province in attendance.

Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform said:"Over the last year there have been a number of frightening reports of older people in Northern Ireland being scammed out of thousands of pounds. It's easy to think that would never happen to me, but our research shows many older people are falling victim to scams even though they feel confident in their ability to spot one. It only takes one moment of hesitation or misplaced trust to fall victim to a scam that could result in huge financial implications for your retirement for years to come."