Forty percent of people in Northern Ireland have been the target of a scam within the last three years, according to the Consumer Council.The main group targeted is those between the ages of 20 and 49, despite the perception that the primary target of scams are older people.
Noyona Chundur, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, said
“Research carried out by the Consumer Council in 2021 found that 40% of people in Northern Ireland have unfortunately been targeted by a scam in the past three years.
“This research demonstrates the importance of having a collective such as ScamwiseNI present within Northern Ireland, and for that reason I am very proud to have been a part of the partnership for the past 5 years. As we become more reliant on the internet, scammers are finding new ways to target people, meaning our work in protecting consumers has never been more important.
“I look forward to continuing to work as part of the ScamwiseNI partnership in educating citizens on how they can better spot, stop, and report scams.”
The news comes as part of a celebration of a five year partnership between the PSNI and ScamwiseNI.
Chair of the Partnership, Superintendent Gerard Pollock said:
“Our collaboration with partners has enabled us to create innovative schemes designed to educate and increase public awareness to ensure people know exactly what to do if they suspect they are the victim of a scam.
“Since 2016, there has been a significant rise in the number of reported scams and…