Protecting yourself from scams

Fraudsters are using sophisticated ways to part savers from their money


Pension and investment scams are on the increase in the UK. Everyday fraudsters are using sophisticated ways to part savers from their money, and the Internet and advances in digital communications mean these kinds of scams are getting more common and harder to identify. A lifetime’s savings can be lost in moments.

Nearly one in ten over-55s fear they have been targeted by suspected scammers since the launch of Pension Freedoms, new research[1] shows.


Tactics commonly used to defraud 

The study found 9% of over-55s say they have been approached about their pension funds by people they now believe to be scammers since the rules came into effect from April 2015. Offers to unlock or transfer funds are tactics commonly used to defraud people of their retirement savings.One in three (33%) of over-55s say the risk of being defrauded of their savings is a