Scam Advice - What to look out for?

On a daily basis, people and businesses across the UK fall victim to scams of one type or another.   They range from unexpected prize draw or lottery win, or a chance to invest in an exciting new money-making or investment programme.  But remember the basic premise is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Scams are dishonest attempts to part you with your money. Scams may reach you in the form of letters, emails, telephone calls and text messages and take many forms including fake lotteries, miracle health goods, bogus holidays, phoney job offers, pyramid schemes, internet fraud and financial scams. Visit the Consumer Direct website to find out about common types of scams.

There are a number of warning signs you can look out for if something seems too good to be true :
  • Was the offer unsolicited?
  • Why do I have to respond at once? What's the rush?
  • Do I have to make a purchase to win a prize?
  • Do I have to ring a premium rate number?
  • Do I have to give my bank or credit card details?
  • Is the business reluctant to give their address or contact details?
  • Am I being asked to keep it confidential?
  • Does it look too good to be true?
To read some of the common scams we have been made aware of visit our common scams page.

This information is for guidance only, should you require further details please contact your local Pre Crime Manager.
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