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Combatting scammers and preventing fraud

Combatting scammers and preventing fraud

Combatting scammers and preventing fraud

Date: August 31, 2016

Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams and we often see clients who have become victims from it.

Fraud (also known as scamming) is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. – Action Fraud UK.

The best tool in combatting scammers is through prevention awareness and our seven key rules can help you achieve this:

  1. Insist on time to obtain independent advice before making a decision and do not agree to offers or deals immediately.
  2. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
  3. Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company or individual.
  4. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  5. Do your research. Are there any reviews about the company?
  6. Be suspicious of all “Too good to be true” offers and deals – They often are!
  7. Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment that you are not comfortable with.

If you have been a victim of fraud, we suggest you contact the organisation Action Fraud UK.