Last year alone, The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that there were 3.8million fraud offences.
Con artists tend to focus on the elderly and/or disabled because they see them as easy prey. Scammers use a variety of tactics: Emails, letters, phone calls…they may even knock on your front door.
AMO is providing a list of the most common scams taking place RIGHT NOW and tips on how to AVOID THEM:
- ‘GOOD CAUSE’ SCAMS: Many people are posing as charity workers in order to con others out of their money. If someone asks you for a charitable donation NEVER give them your bank details or any personal information. Contact the charity’s official Head Office and make a donation that way.
- IF SOMEONE KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER IT: We have all been told by the government to avoid social interaction. There have been reports of fraudsters wearing what appear to be official Red Cross jackets. Nobody is going door-to-door during a pandemic and if a ‘charity worker’ rings your bell, it is likely they are not who they say they are.
- BEWARE COLD CALLS: Cold calls, emails, texts or WhatsApp messages may look official, but they are often fake. Never agree to send them any money or give them ANY personal details.
- FAKE PRODUCTS: Thousands of people have been conned into buying fake hand-sanitiser, face masks, etc. Always look at the ratings and reviews before you make a purchase.
- NO SUCH THING AS FREE MONEY: Fake credit card ‘companies’ are contacting people to ask if they want a loan. They often ask for a £50 fee up front. Do not get involved with them.
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