Check if something might be a scam

Scams these days are so ‘real’ it’s so easy to get scammed. But there are some signs:

Recognising a scam

It might be a scam if:

  • it seems too good to be true – for example, a holiday that’s much cheaper than you’d expect
  • someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
  • you suspect you’re not dealing with a real company – for example, if there’s no postal address
  • you’ve been asked to transfer money quickly
  • you’ve been asked to pay in an unusual way – for example, by iTunes vouchers or through a transfer service like MoneyGram or Western Union
  • you’ve been asked to give away personal information like passwords or PINs
  • you haven’t had written confirmation of what’s been agreed

Click here to go on the Citizens Advice website to see what to do if you think you’ve been scammed, how to protect yourself from scams and information about the most recent scams.

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