Every year, scammers targeting people by phone or post manage to get their hands on around £10 billion of people’s hard earned cash. This is a sickening amount of money and we want to help you become more aware so that hopefully you can avoid becoming a victim of scammers yourself.
In this blog, we will be concentrating on how you can spot fraud calls but scammers can also turn up on your doorstep, contact you by email or post. It’s thought that a third of over 60 year olds have been conned out of money by scammers – but they can target people of all ages. Some people have been conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds and it’s ruined their lives.
Signs that it might be a fraud call
- You receive an unexpected call (they might claim to be from a company that you know and trust or your bank).
- They say you must keep the call a secret and not tell anyone else.
- They tell you you’ve won a competition that you didn’t enter.
- They ask you to share your bank or card details – no company or bank would ask you to do this.
- They say you need to send them a deposit in order for them to release money you are owed.
- They are pushy and demand that you send money straight away so you don’t miss out.
- They give you a company address that is a PO Box number or call you from a mobile number.
What you should do
If in doubt put the phone down. Get advice and definitely don’t share your bank or card details. The person on the other end of the phone might seem super friendly and nice but all is not as it seems. Scammers are clever and try to manipulate people into doing what they want. They can earn themselves thousands of pounds a day by tricking people – don’t let yourself become their next victim.
You should visit www.actionfraud.police.uk to report a suspected scam so it can be investigated. Scammers need to be stopped.