Charity Warns Recession Is Scammer Boom Time
Con artists in the UK are thriving during the recession by coming up with new ways to profit from the financial misery of others, Citizens Advice has warned.
The charity said 22,000 scams were reported to it in England and Wales in the last 12 months.
Financial desperation is making people more vulnerable to scams that offer loans or employment opportunities, it added.
"Opportunistic con artists are targeting people who have fallen on hard times with offers of phoney jobs, training and debt scams," Citizens Advice said in a statement.
Typical scams include persuading victims to pay upfront fees to qualify for non-existent loans or to reserve places on fictitious professional training courses, the charity said.
Citizens Advice CEO Gillian Guy said: "Scammers have never had it so good.
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