Nottinghamshire Police have issued a warning for people to be aware of online fraudsters and the dangers of computer scammers.
The campaign ‘Think Twice Before You Act’ launched by Get Safe Online hopes to stop more people falling victim to the scams.
Social engineering is the technical name given to this type of crime which targets victims to share confidential information by methods such as phone calls, texts, fake emails, and even malware infected USB sticks.
Margaret Oldham, of Southwell, aged 83, was a victim of credit card fraud where purchases were made without her consent.
She said: “At the time it was very scary. Fortunately I was lucky as my bank, NatWest, were very helpful.
“I couldn’t believe it happened and it shows how older people are more vulnerable and easier to target.”
If you are concerned about suspicious activity online contact police on 101.