Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud- that no-one should ever ask them for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into making a decision. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.
After all, trusting people on their word is something everyone tends to do instinctively. If someone says they’re from your bank or from the police, why wouldn’t you believe them?
Before you take their word for it though, Take Five (a new awareness campaign led by FFA UK and its members with partners Cifas and City of London Police) urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.
Take a few moments to watch 3 clips below produced by The Scam Academy featuring Carol Vordermen, Donna Air and Refus Hound where they learn how to ‘Take Five’ minutes allowing themselves time to judge a situation and decide if they are reading a situation correctly or if they are being scammed!
In just one year, hundreds of thousands of people will receive a scam email. If one of those people was you, would you spot something wasn’t quite right?
Watch the clip below and see how you can protect yourself.
It is very easy for fraudsters to send you a scam text, manipulating the phone number or displayed sender name to look like one you already recognise.
Learn how to protect yourself if someone’s not who they say they are…
If you get a phone call from your bank or the police saying they need your personal details for something, why wouldn’t you assume they’re genuine?
If you’re ever unsure, contact your bank or financial service provider through safe and secure channels such as the number on their website, or on the back of your card.