What is a scam?

Quite simply, a scam is a dishonest attempt by criminals to trap you into parting with your money. They usually come by post, telephone or e mails.

Scammers are clever conmen who target and steal money from all kinds of people from all walks of life. There are numerous types of scams in existence. Sometimes, it can be easy to drop your guard but if you do, you could easily become a victim.

Types of scams include prize draws or sweepstakes, lotteries/foreign lotteries, miracle health cures, clairvoyants and psychic prediction, investment opportunities, career opportunities and online dating or person matching to name a few. All usually require an up front fee of some kind. Callers may be pleasant and look or sound very knowledgeable and professional.

Take Five (1) 
Take Five to stop and think

  1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password  
  2. Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
  3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
  4. Listen to your instincts – you know if something doesn’t feel right
  5. Stay in control – don’t panic or make a decision you’ll regret

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Courier Fraud

Courier

Always be on your guard if you receive a cold call and are asked for personal or financial information Read more...

Online Dating Scams

Dating

Never send money or give credit card details or bank account details to anyone you have never met Read more...

Computer Service Fraud

Computer

If you have been targeted, change your passwords for email, bank accounts, credit cards and contact your bank Read more...

Ticketing Scams

Tickets

Check with the event organiser, promoter and venue to see how and when tickets are being distributed Read more...

Postal Scams

Postal

Never send cash or disclose personal details or buy goods to claim a prize Read more...

Phishing

Phishing

Always remember that banks will never contact customers by email to ask for passwords or any other sensitive information Read more...

Roofs, Gardens and Drives

Roofing

It is always advisable to obtain at least three quotes and ask family or friends for 
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Mobile Scrap Collectors

Scrap

A mobile collector’s licence must be displayed on any vehicle that is being used in the course of the business Read more...

Advice

Advice

If something is too good to be true it probably is. Be suspicious of all offers and deals Read more...