Last Updated: 24/04/2016
One in ten people in the UK have fallen for fraud in the UK, according to the website This is Money, every two minutes someone is ripped off by a fraudster in the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics there were 7.6 million cases of fraud and cyber crime in England and Wales in 2015.
Scams are becoming more and more sophisticated so it’s become really difficult to avoid losing money through this type of fraud at some point in our lives. However the BBC have produced a guide to help us avoid losing money through these scams.
The BBC guide runs through how to avoid email invoices - where people send invoices pretending to be a company you are currently dealing with. How they access this information is unknown, but must involve some kind of hacking. If an invoice seems suspicious always contact the company or person using their usual telephone number, never click on an email link.
You can be scammed in various ways in your own home, via email, text, computer, telephone and by someone arriving on your doorstep.
Some of the recommendations the BBC suggest for avoiding a scam are to make sure that you keep your passwords safe, by simply adding symbols and numbers to a password can make it much more secure. Be careful when using public hotspots, never use sites where you need to make a card payment when using this type of facility instead use your mobiles 4G data service.
Try out their spot a scam quiz – “Would I Spot a Scam?”
Easy ways in which you can avoid divulging private information are:
• Always shred your paperwork before binning it – especially any with your name and address
• Never share your personal data, including if your bank calls you. Always call them back on their normal number.
• Be careful when you pay by card on-line –ask them what happens to this information after you have made your payment.
• Be careful when you post on any social media accounts, avoid putting any information on their which could be compromising. Check out the security settings of your account, and if you don’t know someone who is on your account get rid of them.
For more information please visit the BBC website.