Millions of innocent people are victims or potential victims of scams each year around the world. Sadly these scams are ever-changing and just as you think you know the latest scam another one pops up. Here are some scam busting websites that can prevent you being the next victim.


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My Experiences

I have been the victim of many attempts some of which I have well documented from being told from my ISP that my computer has a virus to most recently a guy in Nigeria trying to rent me a home that doesn’t exist.

I’m also often bombarded by telephone calls to claim “For my injury as a result of a car crash that I never had” or a fall in a supermarket. If I’m in a particular humorous mood I will answer with plain old sarcasm like “Well I tend to drive and avoid other cars, that’s served me quite well since passing my test” or “Well I walk with one foot in front of the other and pick my feet up, just as I was told as a child”.

Obviously, the last two may not be scams as such but they have obtained my telephone number through deception so it’s really annoying. I also don’t know if they can be trusted with any of my details so they go on my never-ending block list.

Stay Alert to Scams – Go Scam Busting

Action Fraud is the ultimate scam busting website, the place to go in the UK to report scams. They have an Action Fraud Alert service that keeps you informed of the latest news in your area. If you don’t want to sign up to the alert service you can always check out the latest news and scams.

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) initiative. They run sessions across the UK to help raise awareness of scams. Through community engagement, the sessions teach you how to educate yourself and others to prevent and protect each other and “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

Moneywise has latest up-to-date information on current trending scams and offers a newsletter subscription service.

Citizens Advice has a plethora of information on the different types of scams and how to spot and report them.

Which? has a public petition that urges the government to take lead and make sure that companies safeguard us from scams.

General Advice

If you receive a telephone call from a number you don’t recognise, ignore it.  If it’s important they will leave a message. Don’t click on any links through email even if you have an account with that company. Always type in the website URL directly into your browser or contact them with the telephone number on your account.

If you learn of a major data breach or hack you are bound to be on the receiving end of fake emails to say that your data has been breached. Again don’t click on any links.

Don’t ever give your bank or credit card/account details to someone who has phoned you or knocked on your door.

Avoid doorstep callers by displaying a clear sign on your door that they are not welcome.  Legitimate companies should honour this.

Utilise reverse phone lookup sites such as Who Called Me and Unknown Number and install web browser extensions like WOT or McAfee Secure.

Remember if it’s too good to be true it generally is!

Conclusion

Sometimes it’s hard to spot a scam. With the rise of social media, scams can be publicised more and make us more aware.  Unfortunately, a lot of scammers target the vulnerable and those with a trusting nature.  Although cruel we all need to do our bit to protect them and ourselves.  If you have come across any scammers, report them and together we can help protect our society.