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Fraud and scams

Fraud can come in many different forms these can happen over the telephone, through your mail, on the internet or face to face.

Please consider the following when approached by anyone offering services that you are unsure of:

  • Stop – never do anything you don’t want. Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Check – If someone claims to be from a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front.
  • Ask – Ask someone you trust for a second opinion or ask them if they can provide the support you need.
  • Mine – If they ask for your card or your pin, remember this is very personal information which should not be shared. Remember banks and other trusted organisation will never ask you to give out details in full.
  • Share – If you come across a scam, share your experience with others if possible, to prevent them from being scammed.

You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Supporting You Safeguarding Toolkit Fraud and scams