Philip Dunne MP is highlighting ways to protect against scams as part of Scams Awareness Campaign 2019.
This campaign takes place from 10th to 23rd June, and is an opportunity for organisations nationally and locally to give people the skills and confidence to identify scams, share their experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity.
Mr Dunne said: “Scams can be hugely damaging to victims, both financially and emotionally. I have heard tragic stories from constituents who have lost significant sums, where very little could be recovered.
Most people expect they would not fall victim to a scam. But evidence shows we can all be susceptible if the scam is sophisticated. So it is important that information on how to recognise scams is widely known, and what steps you can take if you do think you have been scammed.”
● Get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline at 03454 04 05 06 (or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language).
● Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or @actionfrauduk on Twitter.
● Talk with friends, family and neighbours about scams they’ve seen.
You can recognise a potential scam if:
● it seems too good to be true – for example, a holiday that’s significantly cheaper than you’d expect it to be.
● someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly.
● you suspect you’re not dealing with a real company – for example, if there’s no postal address.
● you’ve been asked to transfer money quickly; you’ve been asked to pay in an unusual way – for example, by vouchers or wire transfer.
● you’ve been asked to give away personal information like passwords or PINs.