Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They usually come by post, phone or email.
There are hundreds of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures, investment scams, pyramid selling. The list goes on.
Every year, three million people fall victim to Scams in the UK, often losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
The ‘scammers’ are clever, and all kinds of people from all walks of life get duped. There’s a scam for everyone – no matter how alert or clued up you think you are.
The UK Office of Fair Trading have published a booklet on this subject - “Scambuster”.
You can download a copy here *
(* in accordance with HM Government Licence for public sector information - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/)
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) publish email alerts on the latest scams. You can sign up to receive these email alerts on the CBC website page “Be Scam Aware”.
The website also provides advice and information on how to recognise and deal with scams, so that you do not become a victim of the ‘scammers’.
Recent scams affecting households in Bedfordshire include the “Frozen Pension scam”, “FEDEX email scam”, “HMRC email scam” and the “Microsoft/Windows telephone scam”.
REPORTING A SCAM
If you have any information about suspected rogue traders or would like to report a possible scam please contact Citizen Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506, to ensure that all relevant regulatory authorities are informed.
Or, if you would like to report or think you have fallen victim to a financial or investment scam please visit Action Fraud or telephone 0300 123 2040. Action Fraud is the national reporting centre provided by the National Fraud Authority.