Rip-off enquiries to the Monetary Conduct Authority (FCA) surged by a 3rd between April and September 2021.
The FCA acquired 16,400 rip-off enquiries through the interval, in response to knowledge from its annual report.
This was a rise of a 3rd on the identical interval in 2020.
The regulator stated the rise was attributable to savers turning into extra conscious of the potential for scams, and realizing what motion to take.
Over 1,836 shopper alerts had been printed through the interval.
The FCA pension rip-off marketing campaign in 2021 led to 29,000 visits to the ScamSmart web site, with 1,295 folks checking a pension supply with the Warning Checklist, in response to the regulator.
Helen Morrissey, senior pensions and retirement analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, stated the rise in enquiries might be a constructive signal customers have gotten extra knowledgeable, however warned the scammers are well-known for shifting ways.
She stated: “Scammers invade each space of our lives of their bid to get their palms on our hard-earned money. It takes sturdy motion to fight them as they aim our pensions, investments and money in each method doable – on-line, phone and by letter. The FCA stated it acquired 16,400 rip-off enquiries, up a 3rd on the identical interval in 2020 and it has printed over 1,800 shopper alerts on unauthorised companies and people.
“This might be an indication of rip-off exercise rising and evolving – fraudsters are shapeshifters and are well-known for altering their ways to reap the benefits of present circumstances.
“Nevertheless, it may be a constructive signal that buyers at the moment are a lot better knowledgeable in regards to the threat of being scammed, perceive the hallmarks of a fraudster and the way to take acceptable motion.
Sadly, there’s no room for complacency and fraudsters are at all times searching for new alternatives – the cost-of-living disaster will little doubt see a surge of recent exercise as they proceed their bid to get their palms on folks’s cash. So, for instance, we all know there are already scams designed to reap the benefits of cost-of-living funds and confuse folks into handing over their account particulars.”