Fraud can happen to anyone – and it can take many forms. It can also affect those you wouldn’t expect. That’s why it’s good to know the dangers, and how you can protect yourself.
If living online is second nature, you may not think of social media as a place to be careful – and that can put you at risk. So if someone contacts you asking for a quick loan, make sure you’re actually talking to who you think you are.
Not sure about a transaction? Use online statements to spot strange activity.
Seen a beautiful villa or flight at a bargain price? Make sure it’s not too good to be true. Holiday fraud cost £6.7 million in 2017 – over £1,500 on average per victim. When booking your next trip online:
Read more tips on avoiding holiday scams.
Online dating sites are a popular way to seek out someone special – but some have other intentions. Romance fraudsters enter into relationships to trick people into giving them money or personal information. There were 3,557 cases reported to Action Fraud last year, costing victims £11,500 on average. However, there are easy ways to avoid getting hurt:
Read more on how to avoid dating scams.
Pension fraud is when people are persuaded to transfer their pensions into fraudulent schemes – often tempted by the promise of high returns and low risk. It cost victims £91,000 on average in 2017. Here’s a few ways to help keep your future secure.
Find out more about how you can protect yourself from investment scams.
Property fraud is when a scammer sells or mortgages your property without your consent. Here are some tips to shelter yourself:
Buying a home? It’s also worth knowing how to protect yourself from mortgage deposit scams.
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