Which? reveals huge jump in energy-related scams as fraudsters seek to exploit cost of living crisis

As the cost of living crisis continues to put millions of households under increasing financial pressure, scammers are exploiting fear and confusion around soaring energy bills to ramp up their use of energy-related scams. In the first quarter of this year, figures from Action Fraud obtained by Which? show scams mentioning one of the big six energy firms had risen 10 per cent when compared to the same period last year. January alone saw a 27 per cent year on year increase. Which? believes the true figure is likely to…

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ASA – Consumer advice: avoiding coronavirus scams

The ASA/CAP have released a post called: Consumer advice: avoiding coronavirus scams. I have enclosed the text of the link below, but please have a look at the ASA/CAP site as there are lots of things of interest to anyone with an interest in Ethical Marketing. During times of such economic and social uncertainty, we’re reminding consumers to exercise great caution and be extra vigilant of potential scams, both online and offline. We’re working as part of a broader coalition of consumer protection and enforcement bodies, including Citizens Advice and…

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Messaging scams problem ‘still rife,’ warns Which?

New Which? data reveals that one in three people who text have received a scam message in the last six months, leaving them vulnerable to money or data loss. Which? surveyed members of the public to investigate the scale and impact of messaging scams on people across the UK. Alarmingly, Which? discovered that of those who had received a scam message in the last six months, over one in 14 (7%) had lost personal data, money – or both. The consumer champion is calling on firms to put much better…

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