Fraudsters may pretend to offer really great deals and get-rich-quick schemes.
You can protect yourself from this sort of fraud by knowing the warning signs, and what you can do about them.
Investing can be a great way to make money. But fraudsters may offer you fake investments. You need to be able to spot the scammers to keep your cash safe.
You might fill out an online competition or quiz to win a prize or have a bit of fun. But scammers can also use these to get personal details from your answers. They then may sell these details or add you to a fraudster’s contact list.
*The closed padlock / https:// only tells you that the link between you and the website owner is secure, and not that the site itself is real. You'll still need to check the web address carefully for spellings mistakes, additional words and characters.
Criminals may try to convince you to use your bank account to move money for the criminal. If this money came from illegal activity then this is likely to be a crime, even if you didn’t know you were doing something wrong. This is called ‘money laundering’ or ‘money muling’.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact us 24/7 using the Next Generation Text (BGT) Service. If you’re Deaf and a BSL user, you can use the SignVideo service.
For any other issues that you think may be related to fraud please call Action Fraud:
Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm. Text phone users can ring 0300 123 2050.
They’ll be able to log the incident and provide you with a Crime Reference number if needed. Action Fraud collects data from across the UK to help banks and other businesses combat fraud.