Scams are often hard to spot as they’re complex and use psychological tricks. You can keep yourself and others safe by knowing when it might be a scam.
If you’re not sure if something is a scam, get advice.
Talk to friends and family if something seems too good to be true, or call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
It could be a scam if you:
- Get a call, text or email out of the blue – genuine companies and banks won’t ask for your full personal or security details
- Are rushed to make a decision or give someone your details – if it’s real, you shouldn’t have to make a decision straight away
- See a deal that’s very cheap or too good to be true
- Are asked to pay for something up-front, like collecting a loan, or starting a job
- Are asked to send money or your bank details to someone you’ve never met, especially friends online
- Get a text or email saying that your bank needs to contact you ‘urgently’ especially if there’s a link to a website or a premium rate number
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