Scams are the fastest growing and largest area of crime. Criminals can comfortably make a lot of money, so they are always coming up with new ways to con people out of their money.
A telephone call is the most common way you will be contacted for a scam. Bona fide companies do not make unsolicited calls – if you have any doubts hang up – you can then check the number in your phone book & call your bank, or call the police, or call a computer support agency.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”
Scams can also arrive by post – often a letter saying that you have won a prize.
What do I look for?
You are contacted by someone who you do not know or by a company you have not heard of.
You are asked for money, or you are offered money.
You have to make a quick decision and have no time to talk to your friends and family about it.
You are told to keep it a secret.
How to spot a scam
Examples of scams