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Pension savers warned over scams and transfers

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a warning to savers over the dangers of scams and making transfers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The warning followed the publication of figures by Action Fraud which showed that over £5 million of fraud has been reported since February, with reports totalling over 2,100.

According to the fraud prevention body Cifas, the most common COVID-19 scams Britons have been targeted with during the pandemic include pension scams, where fraudsters convince their victims to transfer their pension pots or release funds.

The TPR has also produced a factsheet for savers who have a defined benefit (DB) pension.

The factsheet tells savers that they do not need to rush a decision about their pension and should seek advice first. It also reminds DB pension holders that transferring into another type of arrangement is unlikely to be in their best interest.

Commenting on the issue, Charles Counsell, Chief Executive of the TPR, said: ‘These figures once again show the true devastation of scams. We know, on average, victims of pension scams lose £82,000.

‘Anyone can be a victim, and COVID-19 has created the sort of environment fraudsters thrive in. That’s why it is vital savers don’t rush decisions about their retirement funds.’

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