Created: 08 January 2018
Between Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January, the Take Five Week campaign will be taking place. The Government and Financial Fraud Action UK, along with support from UK banks, will be running this campaign which aims to help people protect themselves against financial fraud. This includes phone-based scams, email and text message scams as well as online fraud.
Financial Fraud Action UK figures indicate there were over 1.8 million incidents of financial fraud last year. To address this, Take Five Week brings together banks and building societies, local law enforcement, the Government and MPs, as well as public and third sector organisations to give advice to the public. Events and activity to support the Week will be happening across the country.
Andrew says, "Criminals are now incredibly sophisticated, so it is very important that people are aware of the advice from Take Five on how to protect themselves and others from becoming victims. Fraudsters do everything they can to appear to be legitimate, so you should always be on your guard when receiving unexpected calls, texts or emails which ask for your personal details.
"As fraudsters often shamelessly target the elderly and other vulnerable people, please make sure to share this information with any family, friends or neighbours."
Here are some important points to remember:
- A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
- Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details.
- Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
- Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
For more information and advice visit www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk