Scam awareness

Scams awareness month

In partnership with our colleagues from Citizens Advice Scotland, May is scams awareness month.

Each week we will be bringing to your attention some different types of scams you should be aware of, and what steps you can take to prevent yourself from falling victim.

How to avoid being scammed

Advice Direct Scotland can provide any advice and pass details on to Trading Standards. Get information on how to avoid scams from their website or phone

0808 164 6000

Check any unexpected calls, letters and online contacts with someone you trust.

Report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud online or phone

0300 123 2040

Download the Little Book of Big Scams or the mp3 version from the Metropolitan Police website.

Some examples of online scams

  • ‘Free trials’of products, which actually sign you up for ongoing contracts.
  • Phishing emails which look like legitimate emails attempting to get your logins and passwords.
  • Counterfeit goods being sent instead of real ones, charging you the full amount.
  • Websites which charge an administration fee for free government services such as passports, driving licences and EHIC cards.
  • Fake virus scanners which are actually a virus.
  • Emails from hijacked email accounts asking for money as friends are stuck abroad.
  • Dating scams where an email relationship is built up over time, then money requested to deal with an emergency.
  • Fake classified adverts for things like puppies or cars.
  • Pop up adverts or links for products like PPI, slimming or muscle gain products which turn up on other sites requesting your bank details.

Some examples of mail scams

  • Letters claiming that you have won the lottery that you do not remember entering.
  • Letters with offers that seem too good to be true, which require payment up front.
  • Pyramid selling schemes.
  • Letters from other countries with speeding fines.
  • Claims you have broken the law in another country.
  • Invoices for unrequested business directory entries, advertising in a police magazine, wall planners, charity puzzle books.
  • Invoices with incorrect details for payment, made to look like legitimate bills.

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