Scammers are becoming more sophisticated, making it harder to detect their fraudulent activities. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Scams can be challenging to detect. With websites and materials that closely resemble the genuine article, fraudsters can be knowledgeable and persuasive.
Watch out for these warning signs:
- Unexpected Contact: Scammers may reach out by phone, email, mail or in person.
- Pressure to act quickly: they may create a sense of urgency or offer limited-time deals to rush you into making a decision.
- Unbelievable offers: Be skeptical of promises that sound too good to be true, especially investment returns.
if you receive a suspicious call or message, pause and look for warning signs.
How scammers contact you:
- Fake phone calls, emails or texts.
- False work or study opportunities.
- Phishing attempts through seemingly official email or SMS.
Protect yourself with these tips:
- Exercise caution when responding to any unexpected calls, emails, or text messages.
- Hang up on calls and disregarded messages if you feel pressured to act right away.
- Regularly check your bank and credit card statements.
- Seek independent financial advice before making a significant financial decision.(MoneyHelper contains information on how to find a financial consultant).
- Avoid sharing your bank details unless you’re confident about the recipient’s identity.
- Never give out your passwords or grant access to your device.
If you have been scammed or somebody has attempted to scam you contact Avoid scam FCA helpline for assistance.
Stay vigilant and protect yourself from scams.