Action Fraud recently received 537 reports in 48 hours relating to fake emails purporting to be from British Gas. The emails state that the recipient is due a refund because of overpayment, and there is a link to a phishing website requesting personal and financial information. Do not be taken in by this – forward all scam emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve created two scams protection checklists to guide you through being able to spot scams and put settings in place to reduce the risk of a fraudster targeting you.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance it may be a scam.
If you come across an interesting investment opportunity via a search engine or online advert, how can you tell whether it’s genuine or not? Just entering your email address and phone number on rogue investment sites could leave you facing a barrage of cold calls and unsolicited emails.
In this video, we explain what checks you can carry out to ensure an investment site or firm is legitimate or a clone and how to stay one step ahead of fraudsters.
We are excited to tell you more about our SLING YOUR HOOK campaign running throughout July to help tackle scams
WHY ‘SLING YOUR HOOK’?
The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day.
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.
Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm. Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.