Monday, 6 July 2015

MoneyForce Advice on Identifying and Protecting from Scams

Scams are cruel and can blight the lives of victims and their families. Scammers are getting cleverer and anyone can be scammed, no matter how vigilant they think they are. This article aims to give you the skills and confidence to identify scams, share experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity.

How to spot a scam

There are some general signs that should set alarm bells ringing wherever you see them. Be very suspicious if:
  • something sounds too good to be true – like free stuff or quick, easy money
  • you’re asked to give out personal or bank account information
  • you aren't given long to make a decision or feel pressured into making one immediately
  • you’re contacted unexpectedly by a company or person you have never heard of – this can be by post, email, phone, text or on the doorstep
  • you’re asked to pay anything up-front
  • the only contact details are a mobile phone number and a PO box address.
For some of the most common scams see Fraud, scams and identity theft.
Information extracted from the MoneyForce website; to view the full article including advice on how to protect yourself from scams, please visit: https://www.moneyforce.org.uk/News/2014/May/How-scam-aware-are-you