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Avoiding Scams

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A scam - also known as a trick, con or swindle - is an illegal act of fraud with the sole purpose of getting money from you.

People of all ages can fall for scams. However, older people can be at a greater risk than younger people from scams, and of being targeted by scammers, for various reasons.

Someone who lives alone and has limited social contact may not have anyone they can talk with to discuss a letter or phone call, to help them work out if it is real or not. 

People living with dementia can be at an even higher risk from scams. Criminals may target people with dementia thinking they will be easily confused, or not able to remember the details of what has happened.

Scams can come in many forms. This guide describes the main types of scams and what to look out for. It also tells you what you can do if you think you have been scammed.

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