At Coventry Building Society we’re committed to tackling financial fraud and scams. That’s why 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.
This week, (22-26 January) is Take Five to Stop Fraud Week. We'll be joining together with other finance companies across the country, along with the UK Government and other commercial, public and third sector organisations to help people protect themselves from financial fraud.
To mark Take Five to Stop Fraud Week, we’ll be promoting the campaign in our branches. We’ll be Taking Five to tell our customers how they can protect themselves and how to spot scams. Remember - if anyone is asking for your personal or financial details then you should remember the slogan: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’. Let us know if you’ve spoken to our staff about Take Five by tweeting us @CoventryBS and @TakeFive.
You can help by taking five to tell five. This week, why not spend five minutes to tell five people – your friends, family, neighbours – about how they can protect themselves from fraud and scams? That way we can spread the message far and wide.
Why are we asking people to Take Five?
Criminals operate sophisticated scams that can catch out even savvy people. But, there is a simple way to protect yourself from fraud. This starts with taking five minutes and remembering a simple memorable phrase: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’. If you’re at all unsure, don’t give out your details, click on a link or give anyone your money, or access to it.
Spotting common scams
Requests to move money
A genuine 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 are expecting to be contacted by.
Clicking on dodgy links in emails or texts
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead of responding, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Tuesday 23 January is #TakeFiveTuesday, when Take Five and Coventry Building Society will be telling everyone in the country how we Take Five. We want to get people thinking about how important it is to stop and think: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’ to avoid being pressured into giving out their details, clicking on a link or giving someone their money, or access to it.
Join us on 23 January for #TakeFiveTuesday and tell us how you Take Five.
Do you think you wouldn’t get caught out by a scammer? How about testing yourself? The ‘Too smart to be scammed?’ quiz is a great way to test your financial fraud knowledge and see if you know how to spot scams. Send it to a friend to see who knows most!
However you get involved in Take Five this week, always remember – ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so!’