According to the Telegraph, figures from Action Fraud show an alarming number of children as young as six are being targeted by fraudsters as more than a thousand children and teenagers are now scammed every month.
Almost 60,000 have reported falling victim to a scam or fraud since 2019, figures from Action Fraud show.
Experts have warned scammers are stealing thousands of pounds from children by convincing them to hand over their parent’s bank or card details online.
More time spent on social media and online games throughout lockdown led to thousands more children and teenagers falling victim to criminals.
Action Fraud received almost 18,500 reports from scam and fraud victims aged 19 and under in 2020 as they were forced to stay at home, a rise of almost a quarter on the 14,967 reports received the year before.
A further 16,811 reports were made in 2021 and more than 8,000 have been lodged so far this year.