14 April 2023
5 min read
Fraudsters use clever tactics to convince you to send them your money willingly. This type of fraud is known as APP (Authorised Push Payment) fraud.
Sadly, many victims of fraud don’t realise they’ve been scammed until it’s too late. Read on to learn more about how fraudsters scam you into sending your money to them and how to protect yourself from falling victim to their tactics.
Fraudsters know how people think, and what tactics to use to make them and their scams seem authentic. They may contact you by text, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, email or phone call. And pretend to be:
A friend or family member of yours
If they’re impersonating a friend, family or romantic interest, they may be less likely to speak to you on the phone and more likely to send a message using a well-known app or service, as it’s easier to impersonate someone this way.
Whoever they impersonate, they’ll always eventually put pressure on you to send them money. They’ll say that either you or they are in a difficult situation.
It can be hard to know when something’s not right when we speak to people on the phone or online. Remember these tips in order to help you spot a scam and stop fraudsters using you to get to your money.
Be very careful with your banking and security information. Never share with anyone:
Take Five is a national campaign that offers straightforward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from fraud. Visit: takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more information.
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