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Have you ever been the victim of Internet fraud?

Over 1m over-45s have fallen victim to online scams. Over-75s are most likely to be caught out, despite most considering themselves tech adopters.

Middle-aged people who consider themselves tech-savvy are a prime target for internet fraudsters, according to research by the insurer Aviva.

  • Over-75s are most at risk of being targeted by fraudsters, with 76% approached by email – exceeding the 69% who have been targeted by phone scams

Aviva’s Real Retirement Report found that those aged between 45 and 64 were more likely to be conned than those between 65 and 74 and are almost as at risk as the over-75s.

The survey showed that 6 per cent of over-45s with internet access had been victims of scams, compared with 4 per cent of 65 to 74-year-olds and 8 per cent of over-75s.

Rodney Prezeau, managing director of Aviva UK’s consumer platform, said: “Our research dispels the myth that older generations are technophobes. However, it highlights the security risks that come with lives that are increasingly led or supported by online services.”

Read our top tips for Staying secure on public wifi and What to do if your email account has been hacked and What you need to know to stay safe on the web

What are your views?  Have you ever been the victim of Internet fraud?  Do you take strong measures to protect yourself from fraudsters? Have you received scam emails? Do you feel technology has had a positive impact on your life? 

 

Have you ever been the victim of Internet fraud?

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fsmmct
5 days ago
0
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it pays to be a cynic at times.
I have friends who fell for the virus/malware computer scam. Luckily a quick call to the bank stopped anything from happening.
Shroppie
14th Jan 2017
0
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My husband and I have been scammed by a company calling themselves SavviBuy with a parent company called Advancedtech, who guaranteed deliveries for Christmas. We ordered a computer to the value of £388 which has never been delivered. We cancelled our order and are endeavouring to claim the money back via our bank as advised by the company. There are nearly 3,000 people in the same situation. Avoid this company at all costs.
lizfid3
13th Jan 2017
0
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I have so far managed to avoid the internet scams but have had my debit card cloned. Fortunately they tried to buy a television for £999 two days before pay day and my bank immediately put a stop on the card and phoned me to confirm that it was actually a fraudulent transaction.
Joy james
7th Jan 2017
2
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As at every Christmas l answered the TV plea to buy a toy for a deaf/blind child n gave 3 x £3 via text. Followed by the same again to the clean water campaign.2 days later l got notification the clean water campaigners had added a further £33.05 to my mob account. It seems l'd fallen foul of something called premium texts which allows the sender to keep taking money from you until YOU tell them to stop. OUTRAGEOUS! It's caused me endless problems with Virgin my Internet provider who must be making money out if it or they would surely stop it! (I understand BT do not permit them.) and online research has thrown up hundreds of people who have also been scammed in this way. Please help by going to WHICH online who are trying to get this practice outlawed. They are aiming for half a million supporters n are almost there. The idiot who dreamed this one up has done immeasurable harm to the respective charities by biting the hands that feed them. I personally will never give another penny.
Munsterlander
6th Jan 2017
1
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I have had some strange emails in the past and when I looked at them they did not seem 100% right...normally from my bank asking for various details. Also had phone calls from people in the Philippines saying they are from Microsoft and need to check my computer as there is an issue with Windows 10. But I don't use Windows 10?? and I put the phone down.
Lionel
6th Jan 2017
2
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Yes, I had a call from the far flung reaches of someone's former empire. It was about Windows 8, Apparently I had an illegal copy and for a fee they would check my computer and legitimise my installation.

Now I love these chancers. Played the long game; did everything except identify myself or give bank account details. Actually, played ignorant, which isn't difficult!

After about forty five minutes of pleading from the empire, decided to put the poor beggar out of his misery. All my hardware is Mac! There just isn't a Windows installation in the house. And then I thanked him fervently for the entertainmant. Better couldn't be had on Broadway.
Rosiecat
6th Jan 2017
1
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Beware there is a 01391 number operating purporting to be from BT telling us our internet was being hacked. This is a scam number so please do not respond to it. Fine for us as we soon realised this was not genuine but not for some of our older friends. Please make sure everyone is aware of this.
Riversiderouge
5th Jan 2017
2
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I believe that Mastercard and Visa should act more responsibly and withdraw their facilities from known perpetrators.
Georgie Girl
5th Jan 2017
2
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When normal grocery shopping last year our Barclaycard was declined, on returning home we could not even get on to our on-line account and had to ring them. We discovered over £3,000 had been spent to buy a car in an area some 300 miles from where live. Our Barclaycard had never ever been out of our possession so how on earth did this happen? Barclaycard had suspected a scam and we were refunded immediately, but hey whats going on!!
alisonmay
5th Jan 2017
2
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We recognise anything suspicious.
Wilf
5th Jan 2017
2
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Sometimes though even the emails look like they are from banks etc. I had one from our bank which looked exactly the same as the normal ones do!
trish58
6th Jan 2017
2
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I am always getting e mails from banks saying my account is frozen and I dont even have an account with them! Also e mails sending invoices for goods and asking to confirm my bank details. Yeah right....i didnt come.down in the last shower!
awoodman01
5th Jan 2017
3
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I went for one of my rare visits to a cash machine the other day (I'm a bit like the queen I rarely handle money) By the time I had got home, someone had skimmed my details and bought meals in the south east and purchased hotel accomodation in India. I was in Cardiff though!!! I'm very careful particularly at cash machines so if they can do it to me they can do it to anyone.
ChristineE
5th Jan 2017
3
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I was a "nearly" victim this week as I was almost fooled by a very plausible looking email which appeared to be an Amazon order confirmation, for an item for delivery to a person I'd never heard of. Very realistic and turned out to be a real company name and even a real person's address. No spammy spelling or grammar mistakes in it, the usual indicator of scams, but fortunately I spotted a discrepancy in the header email address and so I didn't click on "if you did not order this, click here for refund Help Me".
If you get one of these (and you well might!) don't click on the link and just forward email to [email protected].
trish58
6th Jan 2017
1
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But surely you know if you bought something from Amazon and if so for whom?!
JohnHerb
3rd Jan 2017
4
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I have had emails purporting to be from people who will help me with a claim from an accident I have had if I contact them. Even had it on texts. Weird!. Where do these people come from? Who are they?
LittleMinx
3rd Jan 2017
5
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Whenever I do Tesco online shopping online, just after, I get ton's of spam emails, I don't open them. I block them and delete them. Somehow these hacker's are able to get into everything.
Have to be aware an on guard every minute of the day, careful not to go into any websites which may have the virus or bot just waiting to pounce.
I have a good anti-virus, still they have ways of getting around it.
I had a letter once telling me I had several million pounds waiting for me in a bank in Singapore left by a dead relative, I took the letter to the police hoping I could lure the perpetrators and catch them, but they told me to throw it in the bin and forget about it. Wonder what would have happened if I had answered. How on earth did they get my address in UK?
Baxi
3rd Jan 2017
4
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I had fraudsters claiming to be my mortgage company contact me. They were very persistent and even resorted to phoning me. My mortgage company was excellent though and really helped to resolve the issue - thank God!
JohnHerb
3rd Jan 2017
4
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Not sure if credit card fraud is the same as internet fraud but I would think they are related and I once had monies taken off my credit card used for an airfare from Budapest to Rome. The credit card company phoned to check as they thought it looked suspicious but by the time we had talked and I said no I am in the UK the fraudster had taken their flight!! I do not know how they got this information but must have been through the internet somehow unless when I was in Europe at some point they had one of my transactions. i use a lot of different codes for my accesses nowadays. So many I cannot remember them all!!!

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