During 2018, there were 3.47 million cases of fraud, with £841.8 million lost to financial fraud.
You can find out more about some of the common scams here along with some hints and tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
We’re a proud supporter of Take Five to Stop Fraud – a national campaign that gives you simple advice on how you can stay safe from fraudsters.
It’s important to take time to think before you act – Take Five have the following key messages which could help protect you from fraud:
- A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you're expecting to be contacted by.
- Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click in an unexpected email or text.
- Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Visit the Take Five website to find out more.