Brighton is one of the target cities for fraudulent calls

BRIGHTON residents are among those most likely to fall victim to scam phone calls, according to a new report.

The study by comparison website Bionic found that city residents reported 326 fraudulent calls to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) between May 2021 and June this year.

The report revealed that the most commonly scammed postcode in the city was BN2, with the most common scam being broadband-related.

However, it turns out that London is the capital of fraudulent phone calls in the UK, with almost 2,000 calls reported to the ICO.

Top 10 most scammed cities

  1. London – 1,988
  2. Read – 480
  3. Southampton-441
  4. Edinburgh – 408
  5. Bristol-404
  6. Gildenford – 391
  7. Leicester-383
  8. Coventry-367
  9. Birmingham – 333
  10. Brighton-326

Across Sussex, the report found those who fall victim to such scams lose an average of £210, compared to an average loss of £1,057 per scam in Cheshire.

In the last 13 months, 2,482 cases of consumer phone scams were reported to police, representing a loss of £1.8million.

A spokesman for Bionic said consumers and businesses can take some simple steps to avoid being scammed by phone scams.

He said: “Knowing you’re on the phone with a scammer can be challenging at times, but there are a few typical telltale signs that should give it away, such as: B. not initiating the call, vague contact details, or being pressured into making a decision.”

Anyone who falls victim to a scam is advised to contact their bank or credit card company, report it and change any compromised passwords as soon as possible. Brighton is one of the target cities for fraudulent calls

Fry Electronics Team

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