The following tips will help you stay safe online from scammers who are working 24/7 and ripping people off every day.
There has been a massive increase in activity from scammers who are ripping thousands of people off on a daily basis using a wide range of techniques to profit from and fund criminal activity.
- If it’s too good to be true then it’s a scam
- A majority of scams come from Indian call centers and romance scams come from Nigeria.
- Read the Met police little book of big scams which includes a lot of useful information to protect you offline.
- Use the citizen’s advice free scam check tool and report all scams to the Action Fraud website at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
- Do not give any personal information including (name, address, bank details, email, or phone number) to anyone you do not know. Even if they say it’s the Tax man, police, Bank, energy company, or government.
- Never share your banking details with someone you don’t know. The bank will NOT contact you by phone, text, or email to ask you for your banking details.
- If you feel pressured to share information or to transfer money to a bank account put the phone down and block the telephone number.
- Never send money to someone you don’t know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad.
- Don’t click on a link included in a text message, WhatsApp message, or email from someone you do not know. The bank, tax man, police, energy company, or government will never send you a text message, WhatsApp, or email.
- If someone asks you to install software or an app on your computer or mobile device DO NOT INSTALL IT
- Don’t call back a telephone number included in a text, WhatsApp, or answering machine message from someone you do not know.
- Don’t open an email document attachment from someone you don’t know.
- Don’t visit a website included in an email you have received from someone you do not know.
- Don’t hand over money or sign anything until you’ve checked someone’s credentials and company details.
- Keep your computer or mobile device updated with the latest software.
- Install anti-virus software on your computer or mobile device.