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Be scams aware

Are you keeping a look out for Scams?

If you are suspicious you are being targeted or think you have been scammed call us on our freephone 0808 278 7834 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).

It’s Scams Awareness Fortnight so here are our top tips to help you recognise a scam so that you don’t become a victim.

If it’s too good to be true it probably is.

That’s the case for ‘bargain’ offers such as on holidays, insurance, pensions, investments, face masks, coronavirus test kits or other PPE.

Beware unknown callers and emails. Just hang up if you don’t know the caller. And don’t click on links of any unknown or suspicious email senders.

No real bank, HMRC, government department, council or any other public authority will call  and ask for your personal or financial account details.

Never give anyone your date of birth or National Insurance Number – these are the keys to your identity.

Never give out your bank, debit or credit card details including PIN numbers, passwords or account number.

Never transfer money to an unknown account, especially if you’re asked to do this quickly.

Never give out your computer or internet logins or passwords for any online account.

If you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will not be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers. Find out more about how NHS test and trace works: www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works


Get help with online scams 

  • Check if something might be a scam
  • Check if you can get your money back after a scam
  • What to do if you’ve been scammed
  • Report a scam
  • Get emotional support if you’ve been scammed

 


How to avoid or  report a suspicious email

www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing


How to recognise a financial scam

www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/blog/how-to-report-scam-fraud/amp


If you think you have been scammed

Report it to Trading Standards: www.westminster.gov.uk/scams-during-coronavirus

Call Action Fraud:  www.actionfraud.police.uk


Scams Awareness Pack

Be Scam Aware and pass on the advice to your friends and family to help them stay safe.

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Download a copy of the Phone Scams Booklet here.

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