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Money making scams

Scams can look like great deals and get-rich-quick schemes. But if you know what to look out for and what to do you can protect yourself.

Competition scams

You might fill out an online competition or quiz to win a prize or have a bit of fun. But some scams use these to get your personal details and leave you open to fraud.

What to look out for:

  • Get a prize by sending money - Some scams ask you to send money for a prize you’ve won in a competition you didn’t enter. Don’t do this.
  • Social media or email quiz - Fake competitions and quizzes can be found on social media or by email. Even if it’s shared by a friend it could be a scam.
  • They want personal or financial details - Never give any details about your bank accounts. And be careful if you’re asked to give your address or contact details.
  • Sign in to social media - Be careful if you’re asked to sign in to your social media. This can give out personal details that could be used for identity theft.
  • Unknown site - Scams will try to take you away from safe sites. Don’t click on any links.

What you can do:

  • Set up a new email address - If you want to take part in quizzes and competitions set up a new email address for them. This will stop scam emails coming to your main email address.
  • Don’t use passwords for quiz answers - Scammers will try to use your quiz answers to log onto your accounts.
  • Protect your device - Make sure you have an anti-virus and that your operating system, browser and software are up to date. Your anti-virus software should tell you when a site or a file is unsafe.
  • Stay on well-known sites - Check that you're on a genuine site. Look carefully at the web address and make sure there are no spelling mistakes.
  • Look for the closed padlock image - This tells you that the link to the site is secure. You can find it in the address bar. A secure site will also have https:// at the start of its address. But remember, these do not mean a site is genuine.

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