There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself against fraud.
1) Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
2) When you are online take steps to ensure that the person you are communicating with is who they say they are.
3) If an offer seems too good to be true - question it!
4) Don't take a good sounding business offer for granted, check out the authenticity of the organisation through regulatory bodies.
Please contact Action Fraud for more information; 0300 123 2040
You should also be aware of the different types of fraud that are out there and these include:
- Banking fraud
- Benefits and housing
- Business fraud
- Buying and investment scams
- Charity and competition frauds
- Health and Medical
- Identity Fraud and Theft
A very common type of fraud is Banking Fraud which can occur in different ways:
An investment scheme promising quick riches by buying bank guarantees.
When an employee or organisation presents accounts that do not reflect the true value of financial activities, either over or understating liabilities.
Counterfeit cheque frauds rely on your willingness to help someone else and perhaps make a profit.
When criminals steal your cards or chequebook and gain access to funds in your account.
So what should you do if you feel you have suffered from any type of fraud?
Contact Action Fraud NOW!