Stop! Think Fraud

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 19:17

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Stop! Think fraud. 

Did you know?


Fraud accounts for almost 40% of all crime. In just one year, 1 in 17 adults in England and Wales were victims of fraud. That’s nearly 3 million of us.

1 in 5 businesses were also a victim of fraud over a 3 year period. In other words, fraud is rife and it can happen to anyone.


Think you’re immune from fraud?

Fraudsters can use highly manipulative methods to get us when our defences are down. Nobody is immune from fraud. We can all be more alert to the risks, and we can all do more to protect ourselves. 

4 ways to frustrate a fraudster


Q1. Do you stop to check who’s really contacting you?


Fraudsters often call or message people, pretending to be from their bank, other well-known and trusted companies, or even someone they know. They can be very convincing, particularly if they’ve already managed to get hold of some personal information, for example by looking on social media. Having earned their victim’s trust, they often ask them to hand over confidential information, make a payment or give them access to their phone or computer.


How to reduce your risk

Never take calls or messages like this at face value – always take time to stop, think and check if the caller or sender is who they say they are.

If you’ve received a suspicious call or message:


  • don’t be rushed into a quick decision – think carefully before handing over money, personal details or access to your device
  • if you have any doubts, hang up and do not call the number provided
  • be aware that fraudsters can spoof phone numbers, so the number that appears on your caller ID may not be proof of who they are
  • instead, check with the organisation directly using contact details you know are correct, such as those on a utility bill, official website, on the back of your card or by 159 for banks
  • if you get a message from a family member asking you to send money, use known contact details to check if it’s real