I am sure I am not alone in having a deep-seated rage towards email scamming and phishing, that is in abundance too (according to my email inbox in just a 24 hour period I have won the lottery (that I never entered), found my long-lost cousin (from a family member that I don’t have) and HRMC want to give me back hundreds of pounds (and called me ‘My Dear’)
It’s no wonder that so many people can fall foul of this style of phishing and scamming as it can be relentless … Here’s and example of what hit my email inbox at least 3 times a day:
Thankfully, there is help at hand with the national campaign, Take Five 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. Led by Financial Fraud Action UK. (FFA UK) they are taking on the scammers and arming us with tips and tricks to help us stay safe.
As part of the Take Five campaign there is the ‘Scam Academy’ in which three celebrities were taught by Alexis Conran to send emails and texts as well as make phone calls to the public to see how easy it is to commit fraud – but also to prevent it! With some help from the famous Carol Vorderman, Rufus Hound and Donna Air here are the top tips to keeping safe from financial fraud:
I wish I had been aware of the Take Five campaign when I personally experienced several occasions of having been ripped off and scammed.
The first time, I had done a massive supermarket shop on payday and on getting to the checkout my card was declined … After racing home leaving the monthly shop in store I discovered that someone had cloned my card and emptied not only my wages but all the overdraft facility too. Heartbroken didn’t quite cut how I felt being violated in this way. Thankfully the bank refunded my money and wiped the overdraft that had been used but a few days after the event I was still shaken.
I hate the idea of someone taking what is not theirs and in my book they are nothing more than thieves plain and simple, but with the world becoming more easily accessible with smart phones, tablets and the internet it seems we are all leaving ourselves wide open and vulnerable to the scammers.
If you have been a regular reader of my blog you will already know that I was scammed as a blogger and someone stole my identity to obtain a product for review in my name.
If you are also a social media follower of mine you will know after lots of online discussions in the past that I can’t abide those telephone scammers that claim they are from Norton anti-virus or even Microsoft, and they have no intention of helping you, they just want to gain access to the insides of your computer in the hopes of gaining your personal details and bank information!
Why not tell me below what scammers you have come across before.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative feature with Take Five and Financial Fraud Action UK Ltd