ca-logo_100pxThis year Scams Awareness Month takes place in June.

A scam is a type of fraud in which someone steals your money or information. You can be scammed online, in person, over the phone, or through the post.

Scams can be difficult to recognise, but there are things you can look out for.

Below is some basic advice from Citizens Advice, and we recommend that you look at their website for further advice on how to recognise, avoid and report scams or attempted scams.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk/…/campaigns/current_campaigns/scams-awareness-month

Recognising a scam

It might be a scam if:

  • it seems too good to be true – for example, a holiday that’s significantly cheaper than you’d expect it to be
  • someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
  • you suspect you’re not dealing with a real company – for example, if there’s no postal address
  • you’ve been asked to transfer money quickly
  • you’ve been asked to pay in an unusual way – for example, by vouchers or wire transfer
  • you’ve been asked to give away personal information like passwords or PINs

If you think you’ve spotted a scam

If you’ve given away money or information because of a scam, there are things you should do. Check what to do if you’ve been scammed.

If you haven’t been scammed but you’ve seen something you think is a scam, you should report it. Find out how to report a scam.

If you’re not sure if something is a scam, contact Citizens Advice consumer service. They’ll give you advice about what might be a scam and the steps you should take if you’ve been scammed.

Other useful advice for Scam Awareness

It is worth checking out http://scamaware.org.uk/ . ScamAwareness.org is a non-profit organization operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, specifically focusing on increasing consumer awareness about scams. By providing tools and information about scams and how to identify them, ScamAwareness.org hopes to help consumers avoid being victims of fraud.

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Seniors Helping Seniors recommends that you:

  • Don’t buy anything at your door
  • Don’t let anyone into your home unless you are sure who they are.
  • Never give money to a stranger and never ever transfer money abroad to help someone unless they are family and you check carefully by phoning them back. Scammers make out they are friends and relatives.
  • If it seems unbelievable or far too cheap it is probably a scam.
  • No you haven’t won a lottery or prize from a company you have never heard of. It is a scam.
  • If you get a call from any proper organisation, they will not ask you for your password or PIN number, unless it is a bank who have a greed a password with you. – Don’t give it away.
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