Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp backs campaign fighting online scams
The former Spandau Ballet star, 59, said he has received more scam messages and calls during the pandemic as fraudsters targeted consumers at home. He said: “Over the last year, I’ve noticed more fake texts, emails and calls. Whilst they might be easy to ignore, as attempts become more sophisticated, it’s important we all do our bit to report them.”
Martin is supporting Visa’s calls for people to report fraudulent attempts and have more open conversations about scams.
The financial service firm found younger generations were the most likely to fall victim with almost half of the 18 to 34-year-olds targeted saying they had fallen for the scams.
This was twice as likely than those aged over 55 (24 percent).
Martin said: “As a father of two, protecting my kids and their finances is always a priority.
“Visa’s research shows younger generations are at greater risk, but also less likely to speak about their experiences with fraud.
“That’s why I’m teaming up with Visa to encourage more conversation and action in the fight against fraud.”
The survey of 2,000 people found under 35s received an average of 10 fraudulent attempts every month.
Just over a third (36 per cent) went on to report it.
One in four victims said they felt ashamed, embarrassed or upset after the incident.
Half of all those targeted even failed to tell their family.
Jeni Mundy, UK managing director of Visa, said: “Being a target of fraud can be very distressing and it can have as much of an emotional impact as it does a financial one.
“But people shouldn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed if it does happen to them.”
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