Financial fraud and scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and according to the National Crime Agency (NCA), it is the most commonly experienced crime in the UK.
Fraudsters can be articulate and financially knowledgeable, with credible websites, testimonials and materials that are hard to distinguish from the real thing. They can come in many forms, but all are designed to get hold of your money.
They can do this by getting you to reveal your personal details, stealing your information, or even getting you to willingly hand over the cash. The impact of fraud and related offences such as counterfeiting can be devastating, ranging from unaffordable personal losses suffered by vulnerable victims to impacting the ability of organisations to stay in business.
The key is knowing how to recognise a scam, protect yourself and what to do if you think you’ve been targeted or have fallen victim.