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Beware of scams and protect yourself and your loved ones

15 November 2021

Fraud logo.JPG Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated, finding more innovative ways to defraud the general public.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to even more vulnerabilities being exposed and scammers have been finding different ways to defraud individuals and organisations.

Scams can fall into some broad categories and here are some examples:

  • doorstep - people call at your door to offer you goods and services you don’t want or need;
  • telephone - phone calls telling you that you need to pay an urgent bill and requesting your bank details, companies offering services to reduce you unwanted phone calls;
  • online - 'copycat' websites selling services that are either free or cheaper via the official Government route;
  • post - letters informing you that you have won a prize, psychics telling you they can predict harm is coming your way and for a fee they can protect you, catalogues promises you a prize if you place another order quickly.

Whilst scams aren’t always easy to spot, we’ve put some top tips on protecting yourself and your loved ones from scams:

  • Always ask for identification from those who turn up out of the blue at your property, and if in doubt call the organisation directly to verify;
  • Be suspicious of requests for money up front and never feel pressured into handing any over;
  • Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help and support. Those who are genuine will be happy to wait for your response;
  • Legitimate organisations will not contact you out of the blue to ask for payment. Make sure to remember this if you are contacted;
  • If an email does not look right, never click on links or attachments. If you are unsure about whether an email is genuine, ask family and friends to make sure;
  • Protect your financial information, especially from those you don’t know. Never give your bank card or pin number to a stranger;
  • If in doubt, don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.

Sign up for scam alerts

Register to receive our emailme updates and select the 'Scam alerts' option.

  • Consider registering for Nottinghamshire Alert as this allows Nottinghamshire Police, local authorities, Neighbourhood Watch and other public organisations to keep local people informed about issues affecting their area in a timely way.

Report a scam

To report a scam to Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards and obtain advice and support please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. 

You can also report fraud to Action Fraud the UK’s national reporting centre.  

Here are some basic steps you can take to avoid or protect yourself and others from scams:

  • Become a Friend Against Scams  by completing a online training session (around 20 minutes);
  • Become a Nominated Neighbour. This is a scheme in Nottinghamshire which helps protect people from unwanted doorstep calls and rogue traders;
  • Register your phone number for free with the Telephone Preference Service to reduce unwanted telephone calls. It is always worth speaking to your telephone provider to see whether they offer a call blocking service;
  • Register your address with the Mailing preference service for free to reduce unsolicited mail;  
  • Take Five to stop fraud is a national campaign offering straight forward, impartial advice that helps prevent email, phone based and online fraud;
  • If you own a business, consider becoming a Business Against Scams  you will be given access to a number of resources and access to an online awareness session that provides details of the most common scams against businesses.

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Please share this information with your friends and family and let’s keep each other safe from scammers.


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