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Crime – and Criminals
It appears that crime in our local  area has either mainly decreased or people are not reporting it to the police. The main area where crimes are being reported to us on a regular basis are on farms where outbuildings are often broken into and items like tools, quad bikes, etc. are being stolen. These are reported to those interested through the Avon and Somerset Police Farm Watch system.
The main areas targeted by criminals appear to be scams and the same old ones like HMRC, Royal Mail, NHS, are still around and catching people out.
The latest ‘Which’ Scam Alert System reports why pension scams are on the rise and  the affects that scams in general have on the wellbeing of the victims.
Why pension scams are on the rise
The 2015 rule changes have created more opportunities for fraudsters, as people now have easier access to their savings. The 2019 ban on pension cold calling seems to have had little impact, with scammers simply approaching victims through other channels instead.
More than £2m has been lost to pension scams this year alone, according to Action Fraud. And that’s likely to be the tip of the iceberg, as many scams go unreported. Average losses stand at just over £50,000 – double the figure recorded in 2020.
Because people now have the option to release their retirement savings, scammers no longer need to access the money directly from a pension scheme. Increasingly, scammers are persuading people to transfer their savings from the safety of established pension schemes into inappropriate or even non-existent investments.
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Research by ‘Which’ is showing that scams, particularly those online, is causing serious wellbeing problems for the victims, including significantly higher levels of anxiety and lower levels of happiness. It was also associated with people self-reporting poor general health, although to a smaller degree.
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