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Always Report it Fraud and Scams - where to get advice

There are many sources of advice and help regarding Fraud and Scams. Here are some - click on them to find more.  Let us know if you have found good sources that are not appearing here and you think would be useful to include.

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Cold Calling


By phone - if you have a phone that shows the number calling, but you don’t recognise the number, answer with caution. If the caller is offering services, asking for money, claiming to be from a bank, the police, the tax office, etc., take the caller’s name, number and company/organisation details say you’ll check them out; if the caller is genuine, he/she will be happy with this.  NEVER reveal your own personal details and NEVER a password in full.


At your door - have a door chain fixed, and if you are alone always open the door with the chain in place. Cold selling should be told politely that you are not interested; of the caller is from a legitimate charity, politely ask them to leave if you don’t want to talk with them - but never let the person in if you are alone.


Bogus ‘officials’

Some callers may be bogus ‘officials’ - pretending to be from a utility company, charity - or even the police. Double check the person’s identity, and if you’re alone ask the person to call back when you can have someone with you.


Unsolicited postal mail

Even in this IT age, you can still receive dodgy snail mail. If an offer seems too good, it probably is!





Help and advice

There are many sources of advice and help regarding Fraud and Scams. Here are some - click on them to find more.  Let us know if you have found good sources that are not appearing here and you think would be useful to include.

Get Safe Online—a source of unbiased, user-friendly

 advice

www.getsafeonline.org


National Cyber Security Centre

from HM Government

www.ncsc.gov.uk

and check our Information for> Individuals and Families


Independent Age—advice and support for older age

www.independentage.org


Age UK—Information and Advice>Money and

Legal>Scams

www.ageuk.org.uk


Think Jessica—a lot of help and advice on postal and

other kinds of fraud

www.thinkjessica.com


Investment frauds and scams

There are unscrupulous people around who will try to take your money - your savings, investments, pension pots, etc. Never deal with out-of-the-blue/cold calling invitations to invest - and if it sounds so mgood to be true, it’s likely to be a scam that will rip you off.


Malicious emails

Beware of emails with hyperlinks - especially from sources you’re not sure about: these might be traps for invading your computer or for stealing your personal information.


Courier and fake deliveries scams

And there’s a new scam - someone might attempt to deliver something to you, but you haven’t ordered anything! They may try to ask you for money for them to take the item away - or they may ask you to look after the item so that somoeone can collect it later.  Never do this and if in double call the police - and tell them you’re calling 999.




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