Frauds & Scams

Find out about the latest frauds and scams, how they work, and how you can avoid them.

Staying Safe from Online Fraud

Anyone can be the target of financial fraud and scams, and at any time. Your best defence is to stay informed, alert, and secure. In this section you will find information on the most common frauds along with key advice and tips to help you avoid becoming the victim of fraud or scams.

Online and computer fraud

Learn how to look out for things like 'Trojan Viruses', 'Phishing', 'Ransomware' and more, and what you should do to keep yourself safe.

Telephone frauds

Read our guide on 'Smishing' and learn how to spot different types of telephone and app frauds.

Fraud against the elderly

Elderly people can be particularly at risk from fraudsters. Learn how you and your loved ones can stay safe.

Other frauds

Remember to remain vigilant and keep informed of different types of frauds and scams.

How you know if you’ve been the victim of a fraud or scam:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  • If you have won a prize, but haven’t entered that competition, it’s not a prize.
  • If you are asked for money up front to release your win, you may not get your win.
  • If you are asked for your bank account, credit card details, or other confidential information, the call is not from your bank or financial institution.
  • If a caller is more excited than you are or wants to be your best friend, they could be a fraudster.
  • If you are told that you must reply to something straight away or the money will be given to someone else, there may be no money.
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