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You can be scammed in different ways – online, by phone, by post or in person. Scammers try to get your personal details to get money from you or steal your details so they can pretend to be you. NatWest have identified 8 scams to beware of in 2018:
If you think someone might be trying to scam you, don’t:
Check the warning signs. Be careful if something:
If someone is offering to do building work for you, don’t let them start immediately and ask them for references – this will give you time to check if they’re reliable. You can find out more about hiring a trustworthy builder at our national website citizensadvice.org.uk
Spotting a fake email or website
Scam emails may ask you for personal information like passwords or bank details to get money. This is called ‘phishing’. Remember that your bank will never ask you to confirm personal details by clicking on an email link. Beware of emails or websites with spelling mistakes or which have a strange address. Look for secure websites with addresses starting with https:// and with a green padlock in the website address bar.
Get advice on being safe at getsafeonline.org. They also have advice on protecting your computer from viruses which can sometimes steal your details.
If you think you’re being scammed
Get advice on scams
You can check recent scams at actionfraud.police.uk and common financial scams on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website fca.org.uk. The FCA website is also the place to check if a company is registered before you make any investment.
If you were pressured into buying something, you might be able to get a refund. For this and more general advice on scams, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.