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Brits more susceptible to fraud due to politeness and a trusting nature

14th July 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

A new report from Marcus by Goldman Sachs and Debrett’s reveals that over half (52%) of UK adults think politeness is a strong character trait of theirs, with 25% believing this is why they are more susceptible to fraud.

When polled, a quarter of 2,000 UK adults surveyed by Marcus by Goldman Sachs deem it rude to hang up the phone on a cold caller with a further 1 in 10 thinking it rude to not answer their questions.

Almost a third of those surveyed admit to falling victim to financial fraud, whilst 32% admit to suffering a ‘near miss’. But it’s not those you’d typically expect who are falling victim to scams. 18–24-year-olds have faced more ‘near misses’ at 41%, compared to just 33% of 35-54-year-olds and 24% of over 55’s.

Aston spoke to Liz Wyse from Debrett’s and Sarah Card, head of delivery and risk at Marcus by Goldman Sachs.

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