|HOW TO SPOT A SCAM
Click or touch the ‘sender’ should reveal the sender’s actual address. But examine very carefully as scammers are getting ever more skilled at mimicking genuine companies.
- Check the sender’s email address
The example shown below is one received on 16th February by one of our members.
Emails or messages littered with spelling and grammar mistakes are a scam giveaway. Legitimate organisations will rarely, if ever, make spelling or grammatical mistakes in their emails to you because they’ve been put together by professionals and checked before they’re sent.
- Are there spelling and grammar mistakes?
Cold calls or unexpected emails or messages should raise suspicion, especially if you’re asked to give personal or payment details.
- Have you been contacted out of the blue?
It’s very unusual for legitimate organisations to contact you and ask for sensitive information if you’re not expecting them to.
If you're not 100% convinced about the identity of the caller, hang up and contact the company directly.
Never share your personal details with anyone if you can't confirm they are who they say they are.
- Have you been asked to share personal details?
Phone scammers will often try and get valuable personal data from you, and they can use this to steal your money, or even to use your identity to use fraudulently.
Scam websites often have vague contact details which can be a PO box, premium rate number (starting ‘09’) or a mobile number.
- Are the contact details vague?
If anything goes wrong it's important you can contact those involved. This will be difficult if you don't have accurate contact information.
Premium rate numbers are also a favoured trick for squeezing every penny they can out of you.
It's important you can discuss any agreements with your friends, family or advisors.
- Are you being asked to keep it secret?
Asking you to keep quiet is a way to keep you away from the advice and support you need in making a decision.
Scams will often promise high returns for very little financial commitment. They may even say that a deal is too good to miss.
- Is the offer too good to be true?
Use your common sense, if a deal is too good to be true, it inevitably is.
Fraudsters often try to hurry your decision making. Don’t let anyone make you feel under pressure - it’s OK to take a break and think things through if you’re not sure.
- Are you being pressured to make a decision?
Sales staff should always give you time and space to make an informed decision, anyone who tries to rush you should not be trusted.