Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.
Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud and scams – that no-one should ever contact them out of the blue to ask for their full PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.
www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk contains a wide range of information and advice and is definitely worth looking at.
If you have fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via action fraud.police.uk
Scam text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.
Forward fake emails received to report@phishing .gov.uk