In the early days of the pandemic, phones were a vital link to the outside world for many people forced to “cocoon” at home. Eighteen months later, a parallel epidemic of scam calls and texts means many people are now afraid to pick up when their phone rings.

Some older people are now “missing important calls that could be for screening or appointments,” Celine Clarke, of Age Action, warned.

“They are not picking up any number that they do not recognise,” Clarke said. “Because older people are often less tech savvy, they are very afraid of being a victim.”

Cybercriminals are trying to dupe victims with increasingly realistic scam calls

Cybercriminals are trying to dupe victims with increasingly realistic scam calls

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Last week, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported a 40 per cent rise in cases of fraud in the 12 months to June, with over 11,000

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