Posted: Thursday 27th July 2017
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation. Scams come in many forms; uninvited and often unwanted contact is received by email, letter, telephone or in person with the aim of persuading victims to part with their money in return for false promises. There are many scams but the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws or sweepstakes, clairvoyants, computer scams, and romance scams. Official looking documentation, websites, or convincing telephone sales patter is typically involved, which can make it difficult to see the scam for what it really is.
July is Scams Awareness Month so our Trading Standards team would like to share their top 10 tips on how you can take a stand against scams, keeping your personal information and finances safe:
- Say NO. To unwanted, uninvited callers.
- Be wise to rogue traders. Too good to be true offers, probably are.
- Don’t feel pressured to make a decision. Say “No”, or say you need advice first.
- Be wise to postal scams. No legal company will ask for money to claim a prize.
- Keep personal details safe. They could be used fraudulently in the wrong hands.
- Research the credentials of the company. Be certain they’re not bogus.
- Be online savvy. Check who you’re communicating with online.
- Talk to someone you trust. If you’re suspicious.
- Report a scam. Help expose the criminals.
- Know you are not alone. Anyone can be a victim, report it and get the right support.
For the latest advice on scams, follow our Trading Standards team on Twitter. You can also call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
To report scams contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.