Keeping your money safe
Fraudsters continually find new ways to trick people into parting ways with their hard-earned cash. These tips could help you protect your money and personal data.
The difference between fraud and scams
The latest scams
It's always important to be vigilant with your money and who you share your personal data with. Here are some trending tactics that scammers are using to steal money.
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To stay safe, always check the sender's email address or phone number, and never give out personal information over the phone or by email.
It's a good idea to research the investment company on the Financial Conduct Authority (Opens in new window) (FCA) website.
The mules are at risk of having illegal funds pass through their account. As a result, they may be reported to financial authorities, be unable to open accounts, take out mortgages or even get jobs later in life.
Received a suspicious email from someone pretending to be Chase? Please report it by forwarding it to email@example.com – then delete it.
These texts may tend to masquerade as urgent requests from a bank or delivery service. It can be easy to fall for them if you think you must take quick action to solve an urgent problem.
Anyone using a UK phone network can forward suspected smishing texts to 7726.
How to keep safe
Here are our top tips to help keep you and your personal details protected.
- Be cautious of unsolicited emails, phone calls, or messages – and don't click on links, complete forms, or download attachments from unknown sources
- Never share your personal details. Legitimate companies and organisations will never ask you to share PINs or passwords – not even your bank
- Check if a website or business is real before making a transaction. Look for security features, like a lock icon or 'https' in the URL, and read reviews to avoid scams
- Be sceptical of offers. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers offer discounted goods or monetary prizes to lure people into sharing personal information or making a payment. Always research before taking any action
- Keep track of your financial products: Make sure you keep an eye on your credit score to remind yourself of what financial products you own
- Stay up to date on scams: Familiarise yourself with common types of scams and learn how to recognise and avoid them. A good place to start is the Take Five (Opens in new window) website
Lost or stolen card?
If you've misplaced your card, or think it's been stolen, please freeze your card immediately. It's just a few taps in the app and will help prevent any further fraudulent activity.
You can always unfreeze your card if it's a false alarm.
It’s important to report fraud, scams, and cybercrime. Any information you provide can help build a bigger picture of criminal activity and make it easier to catch those behind it.
Here are some expert agencies that can help.