Scams and nuisance calls
Every year thousands of people fall victim to professional fraudsters who set up well-organised scams to steal personal and financial information. This is a multi-million pound industry with new scams being developed all the time. It is therefore extremely important to be vigilant and aware of when something is likely to be a scam.
Scams can take many forms including cold calls, text messages, emails and letters and can often appear genuine. They normally involve telling the victim they have won a competition, often with a prize of cash, jewellery or other high priced items.
Unfortunately most of these competitions promise everything and deliver nothing. Very often they ask for money to be sent up front in order to receive the prize, and the victim either receives nothing, or a prize which is worth next to nothing.
As soon as you provide your details to one of these scams they will be passed on to other con men and you can soon find yourself inundated with junk mail and nuisance calls.
You can find out more about common types of scams from Action Fraud and Citizens Advice, where you can also find out the best ways to protect yourself from scams and fraud. The telephone number for the Scams Action line is 0808 250 5050. Calls are free from mobiles and landlines.