Scams and frauds

Make sure you are not a victim of a scam or fraud or find out who to report it to, if you are.

Quick Guides

Action Fraud UK – definition of fraud

Money Advice Service – beginner’s guide to scams and fraud

Citizens Advice Bureau – tips to avoid online scams

Watch a British Sign Language video with advice about scams.

Use Action Fraud UKs ‘A – Z of Fraud’ if you have been told you are a victim of fraud but are not sure what has happened.

A to Z of Fraud

Think Jessica Campaign gives advice about what to look out for if you are older or care for someone who is older.

Think Jessica – what to look out for

Get up-to-date information about current scams and frauds from the Metropolitan Police.

Metropolitan Police Fraud Alert

Recognising Common Online Frauds and Scams

Criminals often send fake emails to get you to give them your personal or bank details. This is called ‘phishing’.

Action Fraud UK – different kinds of fake email

Find out about phishing from;

Action Fraud UK

Bank Safe Online

HMRC examples of phishing emails

Money mules are criminals that try to get you to transfer stolen money between bank accounts. Find out more about ‘money mules’ from

Action Fraud UK

Bank Safe Online

Malicious software sometimes gets onto your computer through scam or a fake emails.Malicious software is often called ‘malware’.

Bank Safe Online – how spot malware

Reporting Frauds and Scams

Scams and frauds are criminal offences. Always report fraud to the police.

Action Fraud UK – report a fraud or scam

HMRC  – report a tax-related phishing email

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