There are many types of scams such as phone calls, post, email, text message or in person.
Our message is simple: if it seems too good to be true - it probably is.
A scam is a well disguised trick, aimed at conning money out of you. The scenarios vary massively and notifications could include;
- you have won a prize won a large sum of money
- won a trip or luxury holiday
- your order has been shipped
- your online banking account has been compromised
- your email or online banking account is due to expire
- a copy of your receipt or invoice for a recent purchase.
If you are ever unsure about a letter, phone call, text message or email claiming to be your bank, you can take it to your local branch to be verified.
We advise you to never provide or confirm any personal or financial information to anyone, unless you are 100 percent certain of who they are.
The important things to remember are that we, local authorities or your bank would never ask for;
- your bank account details or PIN number over the phone
- you to withdraw money and send it to them via a courier, taxi or by any other means
- you to send your bank cards or any other personal property to them via courier, taxi other by any other means.
If you feel you are receiving an unusually high number of unwanted calls, you can contact your telephone service provider for support.
View the Little Book of Big Scams - version 5, for further details about what scams to be aware of and how to protect yourself.