Elderly People Are Too Embarrassed to Admit to Being Scammed

By Gary Cutlack on at

Research into cases of modern online fraud has found that elderly victims are likely to keep quiet about being tricked into handing over bank details or money, with the shame of being fooled by a scammer making it too hard for them to admit to friends and family that they've been done over.

The Centre for Counter Fraud Studies says that people over the age of 65 are around three times more likely to be the victims of fraud than have their homes burgled, and a huge 54 times more likely to be internet-scammed in some way than physically mugged. Apparently 53 per cent of all over 65s have been the victim of some sort of scam, whether its ID theft, paying for nonexistent products, fake charity appeals or general overcharging, and admitting to family is a big taboo, with many saying they'd rather keep quiet about it than cause a fuss and have people be sad on their behalf. The silly, lovely, always-thinking-about-others, old people.

It's not just older folk that feel the shame of being conned by internet fraud either, with nearly one third of all victims of fraud or online scams saying they would be too embarrassed to come forward and tell anyone. Professor Mark Button from the CCFS said: "It is more important than ever that we protect one another, but especially important for older people, who are increasingly embracing the internet and opening themselves up to new types of crime for the first time." [Reassura via BBC]