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One in five here fall prey to scammers

By David Young, PA

Published 10/11/2016

Almost one in five people in Northern Ireland have fallen victim to scammers in the last three years, police have said.

Many of the 314,840 victims were older people, with tricksters viewing them as an easier target. The criminals use mail, phone, email and doorstep approaches to try to get people to part with their money.

A new campaign, "If you can spot it, you can stop it", has been launched as part of the ScamwiseNI initiative. The awareness drive includes a new short film detailing the experience of Erika - a victim who lost £100,000 to scammers. The authorities have also re-published the Little Book Of Big Scams, which lists some of the key scams around at the minute.

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: "Education is our best weapon in preventing people from becoming victims. The ScamwiseNI campaign aims to teach the public that we all need to be vigilant of any contact from an unsolicited source."

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