The fight against fraud
Are you doing everything you can to protect yourself against fraud? Check out our top tips to stay safe here, courtesy of the Midlands Fraud Forum.
Most of us know someone who’s been a victim of fraud. But did you know that there have been around 3.6 million fraud cases recorded in the last year alone? Many of these cases were cyber-attacks and scams on dating websites.
We caught up with our partners at the Midlands Fraud Forum to share some simple steps you can take to protect yourself…
- Don’t give any personal information to anyone before verifying their details.
- Many cases of fraud start with a phishing email. Remember that banks will never ask you to click on a link in an email to confirm your bank details.
- Destroy and shred receipts with your card details on, and any post with names and addresses on.
- Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed.
- Always use Verified by Visa or MasterCard Secure Code if you are given the option when shopping online.
- Check for bills or receipts for things you haven’t bought, and call Action Fraud quickly if you spot anything you don’t recognise – your identity may have been stolen.
- Make sure you regularly get a copy of your credit file and check it for entries you don’t recognise. Companies like Callcredit, Equifax, Experian, ClearScoreand Noddle can help with this.
- If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always remember to question it!
- If you have been a victim of fraud, be award of fraudsters pretending to be lawyers or enforcement officers.
- If you need any advice about fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.
Want more advice? Click below to watch actors telling real-life stories about cybercrime, identity theft and email hacking.
Watch the videos here and spread the word with teammates, friends and family to stay vigilant online.