Criminals will use every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people. They will continue to exploit every angle of this national crisis and we want people to be prepared.
Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching your profile, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.
They can contact you by phone, email, text, on social media, or in person. They will try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don’t exist.
If you are approached unexpectedly remember to:
- Stop: Taking a moment to think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
- Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
Follow the links below for details of some of the frauds being perpetrated over recent months: