Don’t be scammed, be savvy! It’s #ScamAware campaign week.
A scam is a crime, nothing more, nothing less, and designed to con people out of money. This #ScamAware Week, don’t be scammed. be savvy!
We want everyone to know what to look out for to protect themselves and their loved ones. This is so important because the impacts can be huge. People can:
- lose their life savings
- suffer emotional trauma or mental health problems
- lose their confidence
- suffer long-term health problems.
Scammers work in many different ways. Some trick people into giving them personal details. Others impersonate an organisation like a bank to get people to directly hand over money.
Scams and the cost of living
Increased financial pressure has put more people into difficult situations. Some of the special scams to look out for include:
- Scammers pretending to be energy companies. They lure people with “too good to be true” deals to steal their money.
- Fake sales representatives selling counterfeit shopping vouchers.
- Fraudsters send out phishing emails pretending to offer an energy rebate or government support to obtain people’s personal information
All this week we’re highlighting common scams and how to spot them. Get full information here. Includes what to do if you’ve found a scam, need more information or want to report a scam.