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  • This year’s most common scams revealed; with scams originating from online sources now accounting for the majority of personal fraud
  • More than seven in 10 adults have been targeted by scams in the last 12 months, receiving an average of three scam attempts each week
  • The most prevalent scams in last 12 months include phishing scams (37%), trusted organisation scams (21%) and refund scams (13%)
  • Experts from NatWest share advice on what to watch out for when it comes to the new ‘mod cons’

The most common scams this year have been revealed – with more than seven in 10 adults targeted by scams in the last 12 months, being hit on average three times each week – over 150 times a year.

Scams through digital platforms, social media firms and telecommunications companies make up the entirety of the top 10 financial scams Brits say they experienced this year, with phishing scams (37%), trusted organisation scams (21%) and refund scams (13%) the most prevalent – as over a quarter (28%) of the nation say they’ve seen an increase in the amount they are being targeted compared to last year.  

New research commissioned by NatWest of 2,000 Brits, in conjunction with their own data, showed that almost two thirds (63%) of Brits feel apprehensive about their financial online safety – with 60% worried about losing money to a scammer online. 

The bank commissioned the study to highlight the rapid evolution of the methods which scammers use, evident in the range and complexity of the most common scams criminals are currently using to con people out of their cash. 

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