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Over a fifth of Brits (22%) feel there has been a rise in doorstep scammers in their neighbourhood over the last year – with 15% having been targeted by door-to-door con artists during this time.

One in five (21%) adults say they know someone who has fallen victim to an attempted or suspected scam since March 2022 – with Belfast named as the top city for this, with 26% of residents targeted.

The poll of 2,000 people found that Brighton and Edinburgh follow closely behind, each with 24% of victims – while 19% of those in the capital city have faced a doorstep scam.

And the research, commissioned by smart home security company, Ring, found that the typical adult loses £171 each time they answer the door to one of these fraudsters – and have been targeted an average of four times over the last 12 months.

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The most common scams include criminals falsely claiming to represent energy firms, and selling goods at an inflated price (both 26%) – while dodgy contractors have also been reported as common, by 17%.

The research also revealed that elderly parents (38%) and elderly neighbours (26%) are the ones adults are most worried about falling victim to a doorstep scam.

Dave Ward, managing director EU & international at Ring, said: “With the rise of doorstep scams in our neighbourhoods across the UK, we understand family and friends are worried about loved ones being targeted, particularly those who are older or vulnerable.

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