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Two in three married scam victims keep fraud secret from spouse

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07/09/2021
Two-thirds of married people who have been a victim of fraud kept it a secret from their spouse, research has found.

Only 37 per cent of married people told their partner about being scammed, with married men less inclined than married women to tell their partners, according to a survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs.

Less than a quarter (24 per cent) of people told their close friends about being defrauded, 15 per cent told their colleagues, and just 9 per cent informed the organisation the fraudster was posing as.

Almost one in 10 (8 per cent) didn’t tell a soul.

According to the research, victims of financial fraud feel angry, vulnerable, stupid and embarrassed, which could be why so many keep tight-lipped about their experience.

Sarah Card, head of delivery and risk at Marcus by Goldman Sachs in the UK, said: “We encourage people not to feel alone and isolated when it comes to experiencing fraud– unfortunately it’s happened to a lot of people. By talking about it with others we can spread the word and help more people stay safe in the future.”

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