Beat scams

Taking action against scams

We are an organisation against Scams. We have pledged to make our staff aware of scams, to help them spot the signs of a scam both in work and at home, and to take steps to prevent people falling victim.

Our Trading Standards team are all registered as Friends Against Scams, working to identify scams and victims of scams. We also provide training to staff, partners and third sector organisations.

Types of scams

Scams take many forms, and they change frequently. They are designed to part victims from their money or personal details. They can be very subtle, but this is organised crime.

Examples include:

  • Mail scams - clairvoyants, lotteries and fake charities
  • Online / email scams - subscription traps (free trials), fake websites, landlord and housing rental scams
  • Telephone scams - bank accounts, investments, pensions and computer viruses
  • Doorstep scams - Distraction burglary, bogus workmen and fake charities

Action you can take

Talk to family and friends to raise awareness of scams and prevent financial harm.

Report it and help prevent others from falling victim.

The National Scams team offers great support and information materials, and ask that you pledge to act upon scams by registering as a friend against scams.

If you have any questions you can contact Trading Standards to find out more

0131 608 1100.

Report a trading standards issue

For further advice and support you can also visit Advice Direct Scotland or phone

0808 164 6000.