DON’T BE CAUGHT BY THE LATEST ONLINE SCAMS
Fraudsters are relentless in their efforts to target our money. Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, is issuing warnings about two new scams that have come to light.
The first is a letter sent to victims of fraud, claiming to be from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, offering them the opportunity to have their money returned. It asks for the victim’s bank account details. The advice from the police is never to give your contact or bank details to organisations you don’t know, and to challenge all approaches of this kind.
The second scam concerns rogue pension websites that are carrying anti-scam messages to trick consumers into believing they are legitimate businesses. As these sites often look genuine, the advice is always to seek professional advice when you need help with your pension.
A committee of MPs is currently investigating whether more needs to be done to clamp down on pension scammers. So far, a colossal £43 million has been lost to fraud, with some people losing all their retirement savings.