Scams come in many different forms, and absolutely anyone can become a victim of fraud.
Fraudsters aim to trick individuals into giving away cash, bank details or other personal information; this is done by them contacting thousands of random people.
As part of the War On Scams project, we would like to encourage charity staff, as well as the general public to take 5 and think ‘could this be a scam?’.
On this website you will find loads of information about the different types of scams, videos that can be used to raise awareness, as well as tips on how to avoid being a victim of a scam.
Remember, If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
On this website (click the relevant headings to find out more):
- Don’t be rushed into making a decision
- Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
- Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- If someone claims to represent a charity, the police or any other organisation, don’t be afraid to ask them for ID.
- Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressure you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
- If they tell you to keep it a secret, this may be to avoid them being caught out, don’t be afraid to still discuss it with friends or family to check it’s genuine.
- Remember that the bank is always the safest place to keep your money; they will never contact you and ask you to move or withdraw money.