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YouGov survey highlights the scale of scam activity in the UK

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One in four adults in the UK are being bombarded with scam contact on a daily basis, rising to nearly one-third of over-65s, a survey has found.

Some 25% of people questioned by YouGov said calls, texts and emails from scammers were a daily nuisance.

Older people were the most likely to say they received daily scam correspondence, with 31% of those aged 65-plus agreeing, compared with 22% of 25-to-49-year-olds.

Across all age groups, nearly two-fifths (39%) of people said they received scam contact on a weekly basis.

Recent scam messages that authorities have warned about include those related to the census, coronavirus vaccines, mobile phone companies, fake texts from delivery firms, and bogus tax rebates or penalties.

Nearly one-fifth (17%) received scam messages and calls monthly, while for just over one in 10 (11%) it happened every few months, and for 4% it was once a year or less.

76% support for freezing scammers’ bank accounts

Many people…

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