Spotting a Scam

What to look for:

It’s easier to spot a scam if you know what to look for. Be careful if:

  • Someone you don’t know contacts you out of the blue
  • Someone asks you to pay for something or give them money by unusual payment methods such as gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrencies
  • Someone you’ve never met in person asks for money
  • Something sounds too good to be true – like an online shopping deal or you’ve won a competition, have unclaimed inheritance, or been invited to invest in an ‘amazing’ scheme
  • Someone asks you to pay for something in advance – especially by an unusual payment method
  • Someone asks you for personal information – like your bank details or passwords or access to your computer
  • Someone pressures you into buying something or making a decision quickly.

We aim to reduce the impact of scams by raising awareness and encouraging the public to talk about scams and report them.

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