A scam is an attempt by a person or organisation to mislead you into giving them money by telling you something which is not true.
These can take many forms and can come via the post, telephone, email or in person.
If you are confronted by something that you suspect may be a scam, keep the following checklist in mind:
- Stop - If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
- Check - Where is the offer from? Do you have an address? Do you know and trust this person?
- Privacy - Don't give away personal details about yourself – these could also be used for identity theft purposes
Our key partners provide further advice on scams.
Citizens Advice – Common Scams
Action Fraud - To report fraud, including online or internet crimes and receive a police crime reference number
Age UK - Avoiding Scams
Think Jessica - A campaign which highlights the mass postal frauds and scams