Do You Know How To Spot a Scam

Do you know how to spot a scam? Follow our tips below, and take a look at our scam checklist. If you do spot a scam, be sure to report it to ActionFraud using their website: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

  • If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is
  • Does the email header and sender’s email address match? If not, it’s probably not a legitimate email from the company
  • Do not click on any link within an email that you were not expecting
  • If an email asks you to verify an account, just delete it.  Do not disclose any personal or banking details to anyone either by email or on the phone
  • Many banks and businesses offer a “phishing” report email address – simply forward the email in its entirety for further investigation by the company concerned

A quick scam checklist:

  • Was the contact unsolicited?
  • Are you being pressured to reply – what is the rush?
  • Do you have to pay for a prize or “free” gift?
  • Are you being asked to pay money in advance?
  • Are they offering to transfer money into your account?
  • Do you have to ring a premium rate number?
  • Are you being asked for personal and/or bank details?
  • Are you being asked to keep the offer or scheme confidential?

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