DON’T GET SCAMMED Posted on October 14, 2021October 14, 2021 by catigbian Show MoreHow to avoid a scamAnyone can fall for a scam – it’s no reflection on your intelligence – but if you know what to look out for, you’re less likely to be taken in. If you have been a victim, don’t keep quiet. There is action you can take to protect yourself and others.What is a scam? Millions of people are targeted by scammers every year. A scam is a dishonest way to make money by deceiving people. There are many different types of scam.You may be approached:-in person-by email or on social media-by post-by phone or text.Scammers do their homework and find information about you before they make contact. They use a variety of techniques, including flattery and emotional manipulation, to draw you in. Older people may be more vulnerable because scammers often target people who:live alone and may feel lonely and want to talkare at home during the dayhave money or valuables.How to spot a scamSome scams are very clever and they can be hard to spot. Things to look out for include:offers that come out of the bluerequests to share your bank account details or verify a password or PINprizes that ask you to send money up front to claim your winningstime-limited offers that ask you to act quicklycompanies with vague contact details, such as a PO Box or mobile number, or a premium rate number usually beginning 090companies that call you repeatedly and stay on the phone a long timeconfidential offers that you’re told not to tell family or friends about.As a general rule, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. How to protect yourselfScammers are clever and ruthless, and they’ll do anything to get hold of your personal details. Be very careful about who you give your personal details to.Never send money to someone you don’t know or trust. And remember – your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN or password or ask you to transfer funds for fraud reasons.In personIf anyone comes to your door, make sure you check their ID. Don’t let anyone in if you don’t want to.If you’re interested in what they’re offering, don’t agree to buy anything there and then. Take your time and check their credentials.If they’re offering a service, get a written quote and quotes from two or three other businesses as well.OnlineInstall legitimate anti-virus and firewall software and make sure you keep it up to date.Don’t click on links or attachments in an unsolicited email, even to unsubscribe. Go to the organisation’s own website.Don’t reply to scam emails even to say no – this lets the scammer know the account is active.Don’t use public WiFi to make any financial transactions, such as online banking or shopping.For more advice, see our staying safe online page. On social mediaCheck your privacy settings regularly to make sure they’re up to date.If you receive a message from someone you know asking for money, double-check with that person through another medium, such as by calling them.Don’t share personal information, or information that could help a criminal, such as your pet’s name, your date of birth, or details of when you’re on holiday and your home will be empty.If you’re not sure whether an account is genuine, contact that person through another medium to check.On the phoneHang up on cold callers and ignore cold texts.Register with the Telephone Preference Service. This is a free service that enables you to opt out of marketing calls. If a cold caller contacts you and asks you to pay to register, this is a scam.Ask for the name of the person who is calling you and who they represent. Check the information by calling the company’s head office.Wait for at least 20 minutes before you call an organization or company that has called you unexpectedly or use a different phone line in case the caller has kept the line open.Make sure that you destroy or shred any receipts or post with your credit card or personal details on.You can register with the Mailing Preference Service to stop direct marketing mail addressed to you. You could also consider registering with the Fundraising Preference Service if you’re receiving unwanted communications from charities. You can choose to stop post, email, telephone, and/or text messages from a selected charity or charities.Put a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your door.