Scam Awareness Campaign
Scams today are many and varied with increasing complexity and sophistication. By arming people with the knowledge they need to recognise a scam, they can protect themselves and those around them. We want consumers to know how to spot the warning signs of a scam and if they do think they are being targeted to stop and seek advice on what to do next. Data from a recent crime survey in England and Wales suggests that only 13% of fraud incidents are reported by the victim, either to police or Action Fraud.
WHAT IS A SCAM?
A scam is a scheme to try to steal money, personal information or data from a person or organisation. Other names for a scam include fraud, hoax, con, swindle and cheat.
GENERAL FACTS ABOUT SCAMS
The National Audit office recently estimated that individuals lose £10 billion a year due to fraud.
According to Citizens Advice research almost three quarters (72%) of people have been targeted by scammers in the last 2 years either by mail, phone calls, text messages, emails, online and face to face.
Over a third (37%) have been targeted 5 times or more 7 out of 10 people(68%) of people targeted by a scam do not tell people about it. This includes friends, family or the organisation being impersonated, as well as relevant authorities.
BE CAREFUL IF;
Something has come out of the blue or from someone you don’t know.
It sounds out of the ordinary – like you’ve won the lottery.
You’re asked to pay for something in advance – especially if by bank transfer or gift vouchers.
You’re asked for personal information, like bank details.
You’re being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends.
You’re asked to phone an expensive number.
If you think someone may be trying to scam you, make sure you take time to seek advice. You can contact;
CITIZENS ADVICE CONSUMER SERVICE 03454 04 05 06
ACTION FRAUD 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk
Scams can affect anyone. Help stop them in your community by talking to your friends and family about scams and what they can do to protect themselves against them.”