REVEALED: THE 5 BIGGEST PHONE SCAMS OF THE YEAR
The call prevention registry's figures also found that 90 per cent of us now prefer to be contacted by post or email.
"Scam and nuisance phone calls continue to be a major problem for consumers and it's often the most vulnerable people in society who are falling victim to telephone scams," said Kris Hicks from CPR Call Blocker.
More worryingly, one person in seven of those asked in a survey lost money to scams in the past year.
In most cases the victim lost less than £50, but one in eight ended up more than £1,000 poorer as a result of picking up the wrong phone call.
Therefore, CPR Call Blocker have revealed the five most prolific phone scams doing the rounds – make sure you don't get caught out!
- Virus Hoax
- The caller pretends they are from so-called 'Microsoft Windows Support' who inform you of a virus on your computer and ask for your passwords to fix it
- PPI refund
- The caller says you are owed money for mis-sold PPI payments and asks for an admin fee to proceed
The caller says you have won a large prize and asks you to pay a processing fee or call a premium rate line to claim your prize
- Bank account problems
- The caller claims to be from the bank and informs you of a problem with your account and requests security details including your PIN
The caller tells you a place you once worked has been condemned as being too noisy and you are entitled to a rebate and then asks you to provide personal details
- matthew roblin