Avoiding Scams

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Avoiding Scams

Scams can come in the form of telephone calls, emails or written letters. Often they advise persons that they have won a large sum of money or need to send money to help a person in need. People can be tricked into purchasing fake goods or services. Some of these scammers can be very believable especially to more vulnerable members of society.

Ten golden rules to prevent fraud

Remember these ten golden rules to help you prevent fraud and beat the scammers.
  1. Be suspicious of all ‘too good to be true’ offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes.
  2. Don’t agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to get independent or legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Don’t hand over money or sign anything until you’ve checked someone’s credentials and their company’s.
  4. Never send money to anyone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment you’re not comfortable with.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you don’t know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links in an email.
  7. Don’t just rely on glowing testimonials. Find solid, independent evidence of a company’s success.
  8. Always get independent or legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at Action Fraud. Call us on 101 if you know the suspect or they’re still in the area.
  10. Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there’s no shame in being deceived. By reporting it, you'll make it more difficult for them to deceive others.
Further Advice:

The Thames Valley Police website has a huge selection of advice on many different types of scam. Please click on the link to take a look: Personal Fraud Advice

 

Get help or report a scam

If you think you’ve uncovered a scam, been targeted by a scam or fallen victim to fraudsters, call 101. Reporting crime, including fraud, is important. If you don’t tell the authorities, how do they know it’s happened and how can they do anything about it?

Remember that if you’re a victim of a scam or an attempted scam, however minor, there may be hundreds or thousands of others in a similar position. Your information may form part of one big jigsaw and be vital to completing the picture.

 
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