Last year I fell for a scam when I was doing my Christmas shopping. I thought I was getting a good deal and didn’t realise I was being scammed until it was too late. How can I avoid the same thing happening again this year?

Posted: 14th November 2022

Scammers will often ask you to pay in an unusual way, or very quickly. For example, you’re asked to send money through a transfer service like MoneyGram or pay via vouchers.

Remember never give away your personal information like a password or PIN and never click on or download anything you don’t trust.

To find out about scams across the country, you can sign up to the Trading Standards email alert on their website.

If you’ve transferred money in the last 24 hours, speak to your bank and the police. You should also contact the police if the scammer is in your area or you feel unsafe. You can also report the scam to Citizens Advice and Action Fraud.

Don’t feel embarrassed about reporting a scam – scammers are clever and it can happen to anyone. Reporting a scam helps track down and stop scammers.

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