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Ten Golden Rules to Help Avoid Scams

Ten Golden Rules To Help Avoid Scams

Its A Scam Poster

Over the next few months we will be doing several articles covering various types of crime common across the area. The sad reality is that everyone can fall foul of the scammers but the vulnerable are often those that are targeted. Scammers do their homework:

They know that the elderly and the vulnerable are less likely to be computer Savvy and more trusting of corporate type companies with fancy logos.

  • They know that those struggling will be more likely to believe in get rich quick schemes.
  • They know that those who are lonely will go for dating schemes.
  • They know that those looking for a bargain, whether a product or a holiday will be taken in by "A good Deal"
  • They know people are likely to believe them if they say they are from a respectable authority such as the HMRC.
  • They know people can be easily intimidated if they say there is a risk to their safety.

Scams do not discriminate,

The scammers target people of all ages, all backgrounds, all levels of income and can have a devastating on the lives of those that are affected.

They feel no remorse by wiping out an elderly persons live saving.

They have no regard to destroying the fragile confidence of the vulnerable and are happy to take your very last penny from you.

10 Golden Rules To Help Fight The Scammers

  1. Be Suspicious of all "Too good to be true" offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes.
  2. Do not agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to obtain independent/legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company or the individual.
  4. 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.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it. A BANK OR HMRC WILL NEVER ASK YOU OVER THE PHONE OR BY EMAIL TO DIVULGE PIN NUMBERS OR PERSONAL BANK DETAILS.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links provided by an email.
  7. Do not rely solely on glowing testimonials: find solid independent evidence of a company's success.
  8. Always get independent/legal advice if an offer involves money time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk Contact the police if the suspect is known or still in the area.
  10. Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. By reporting you will make it more difficult for them to deceive others.

Remember the Golden Rule.

If in Doubt, KEEP THEM OUT

Published 28/12/18