Scams come in all shapes and sizes, examples of types of scams include:
- Phishing emails that look like they’re from your bank, HMRC or other trusted organisation asking you to confirm your account details by replying to the email or clicking on a link.
- A call out of the blue to tell you there’s a problem with your computer or wireless internet. The caller offers to fix it and asks you to download remote access software which gives them access to your computer.
- Pop-up ads or emails that claim to be able to cure an incurable disease or ailment.
- Calls from automated systems that dial your number very briefly and leave a missed call on your phone. If you phone the number back, the call will be at a premium rate charge.
- A call to tell you that you’re entitled to compensation, a prize or lottery win but that you need to pay some money first before you can claim it.
- An unsolicited call where the caller offers you the opportunity to buy shares or invest money claiming that you’ll receive high returns.
- A letter from a company claiming to have bought a debt from a reputable company or utility supplier with your name on it and threatening court action if you don’t pay the fictitious bill or fine.
- A scratch card in the post which requires you to pay to register your win.
- A letter from someone overseas who is asking if they can transfer money into your UK account in return for a percentage of the money.
This list is not exhaustive and more scams are popping up all the time. For more examples, please download our Scamwise booklet:
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