News & Blog

Read the latest business news, blogs and thought leadership articles from our members, as well as updates on the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce's work in the city.

News & Blog

Silence of the Nans: UK’s oldest grime artists release track to fight back against scammers

Posted: 27th June 2019

-Barclays teams up with rappers Pete & Bas to encourage older people to break their silence over scams

-Six in 10 of Scots pensioners worry about falling victim to a scam

-Victims lose an average of £1,191 each

Scammers are taking advantage of the British stiff-upper lip by targeting older people who are too embarrassed to tell anyone that they’ve been scammed.

With an estimated five million pensioners (65 and over) falling victim to a scam in the UK*, Barclays has teamed up with the nation’s oldest grime artists, Pete & Bas, to release a track – Bank Account Details Please – calling for the scammers to ‘jog on’.

The South London pensioners – both in their 70s – have become unlikely rap stars after racking up millions of internet views with their no-nonsense tracks – and perform to sell-out crowds in cities across the UK.

The campaign is encouraging the nation to break the Silence of the Nans, as research from Barclays reveals that more than a quarter (26 per cent) of Scots over the age of 65 have been scammed – losing an average of £1,191. Overall across the UK, the amount lost over the past year as a result of scams is £399m.

But the older generation are reluctant to open up and appear to suffer in silence, with four in 10 (37 per cent) keeping the crime secret from their family with many not wanting to ‘cause a fuss’ or worry them.

Keeping silent however appears to create a vicious cycle with a third (33 per cent) of older victims being scammed more than once. The emotional impact of the crime can be profound, as over a quarter (28 per cent) said they became less trusting of people. What’s more, almost a fifth (16 per cent) admitted that they felt embarrassed after the incident, and nearly a quarter (23 per cent) revealed that they felt sad or depressed as a result.    

Ross Martin, head of digital safety at Barclays, said: “Scammers are trying to take advantage of older people’s reluctance to open up about these incidents, which can cause huge emotional and financial turmoil. But together we can put an end to that.

“That’s why we’re teaming up with Pete & Bas to reach out to audiences both young and old to encourage the nation to pick up the phone to older family members to encourage more conversations about scams, so we can help break this cycle.”

Here are Barclays and Pete & Bas’ tips to fight back against the scammers:

  1. Never give out ya pin on the dog and bone. No genuine bank would message you to transfer money to a different account – ignore anyone who asks you to do this and tell them to jog on home.
  2. Don’t hand over your bread and honey. Your bank will never visit your home address and ask you to hand over your cards, PINs and personal details.
  3. Know your brass tacks. If you’re not sure you’re safe or something feels unusual, remember to always check, act with care, and never share.
  4. Get on the blower to your bank. If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, call the police and your bank straight away.
  5. If you’re stuck, have a butcher’s hook. Check out Barclays’ website for more information on how you can stay safe www.barclays.co.uk/security.

Business Comment

Business Comment is the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly magazine. It provides insight on Edinburgh’s vibrant business community, with features on the city’s key sectors, interviews with leading figures and news on new business developments in the capital.
Read more here