What are the tell tale signs of a scam?

What are the tell tale signs of a scam?

Look out for the following signs of a scam before responding to a phone call, email, fax or letter:

  • A scam will usually offer you something for nothing, when you have had no previous correspondence or involvement
  • You get an 'opportunity' to earn easy money in exchange for an up-front cash fee and perhaps your account details
  • You may be asked to call a premium rate phone number to collect a prize
  • You may notice poor spelling and grammar
  • There will often be a PO Box number in the contact address
  • The scam may involve payment being made to an unconnected party in a different country

Always take time to stop and think

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don't assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
  • Don't be rushed - a genuine organisation won't mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts - you know if something doesn't feel right
  • Stay in control - don't panic and make a decision you'll regret

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