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|~~~ UNDERSTAND AND AVOID SCAMS ~~~ 31 March, 2014|
Action Fraud is supporting Citizens Advice and Trading Standards in promoting 'Scams Awareness' to urge people to ‘spot scams to stop scams’
According to the Office of Fair Trading almost half of us (48%) are targeted by scams costing individuals a total of £3.5 billion a year.
Citizens Advice Bureaux and Trading Standards across England and Wales remind people that scams come in all shapes and sizes including adverts, people knocking on your door, emails, letters, phone calls, texts and over the internet.
An analysis of the Citizens Advice scams scanner – which has tracked cons since 2007 - revealed fraudsters are targeting people who have fallen on hard times with offers of phoney jobs, training and debt scams.
These scams which have emerged during the recession are:
Training and job ploys: paying for a phantom training course with the false promise of a job or working on a commission basis only to find the firm is a fake and they don’t make any money.
Dangerous debt help: offers of loans or help to clear debts which carries an upfront fee but they never get a loan or help to sort out their debts.
Some signs of a scam
How to protect yourself
Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: “Scammers have never had it so good as they exploit people during difficult economic times. For most people the recession has been really tough but it’s a different story for rogues and tricksters as they’ve cashed in on other people’s misfortune. We’re seeing people who have been dealt a double blow by losing their job and then losing money to scammers offering help to find a new one"
The CAB provide a handy checklist with advice on dealing with scams.
If you are victim of a scam you can report it to the Police and receive a crime reference number, call 0300 123 2040 or 101.