There is a real risk at the moment from scamming -- Action Fraud reports are up compared to the same period last year -- criminals are turning to every means they can think of.
It's very important for the public are aware of this, and they remain in control of their finances and are on guard in relation to scams / scammers.
ACTION FRAUD -- Tel: 0300 123 2040
- Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, and email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. Ensure your browser is set to the highest level of security and monitoring to prevent malware issues and computer crimes.
- Many frauds start with a phishing email. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine. You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you're not sure.
- Sign-up to Verified by Visa