Each year scammers target consumers, causing financial and personal misery. This advice from National Trading Standards will help you tackle internet, telephone, mail and door-to-door scams.
- Never give out personal information to people or companies you don’t know. Scammers are desperate to find out your info, so sticking to this simple tip will help to stop the majority of scams.
- Don’t assume everyone is genuine: Scammers go to great lengths to appear the real deal: don’t trust them. Ask to see some ID if they’re at the door. Genuine traders will understand.
- Don’t be rushed: You’re more likely to make decisions without thinking in a rush, and scammers know this. Take your time when making decisions: tell sellers that you’ll ring them back to give yourself some space.
- Listen to your instincts: Often you will know when something seems not quite right. Trust your instincts. If it seems suspect, it’s worth hanging up or walking away.
- Stay in control: Don’t be afraid to be assertive: just say no. You might be concerned about being impolite, but scammers can take advantage of this.
Further info from the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a scam, report them through Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.