Are You Worried About Scammers? Take The Test!

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Being scammed can take a huge toll on your emotional well-being and mental health. This can be anything from a one-off scam to something which entangles you for months, every scam has an impact on your life no matter its size.

Since the start of 2019, bank transfer scams have cost customers over £400 million as people are duped into purchasing products or services that do not exist. Fraudulent texts, emails and phone calls as well as social media posts offering products and services that are almost too good to be true.

For those that may have not heard of them before, Which? are a UK company that provides consumer advice and products through the medium of product testing, highlighting inferior products or services and offering independent advice. Which? are running a campaign to implore banks and businesses to provide additional support to victims of scams.

As part of this campaign, they have created a short quiz you can take to see if you can tell the difference between legitimate offers and ones that are scams. You might be surprised! There are some very handy tips on what to look out for, if you are ever unsure about whether an offer or service is indeed legitimate.

You can take the test over at the Which? website.

We are very aware of the impact that being scammed can have on a person, at any stage of their life due to our specialist Care, Capacity and Court of Protection Team, sadly all too regularly being involved in stopping and attempting to rectify situations where clients have been financially abused. These can be opportunists, organised criminals or people who were trusted and appointed as Attorneys or Deputies.

We have helped secure convictions and the return of misappropriated funds either from the individuals by agreement, litigation, by calling in Deputy Bonds or considering alternative action such as individuals changing their wills or the Court of Protection authorising a change of will in the light of such behaviour.

We have highlighted this issue in a recent Fraud Prevention Webinar for our friends at Dementia Friendly Worthing. If you want to view this webinar you can on our blog post on the subject.

Elderly & vulnerable people are more susceptible to being targeted by scammers – we are able to offer advice and guidance on safeguarding yourself and those you love from financial abuse and fraud. Give our team on 01903 229999 or email them on and we will discuss your concerns.

Disclaimer: Please note that this update is not intended to be exhaustive or be a substitute for legal advice. The application of the law in this area will often depend upon the specific facts and you are advised to seek specific advice on any given scenario.