I know many of you are very knowledge when it comes to scams however for the benefit of new members here are some tips to help spot and avoid scams
Tips to avoid being scammed:
Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using gift cards or vouchers.
Know who you’re dealing with - if you are unsure or need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with trading standards at Trading.Standards@edinburgh.gov.uk
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, Government department (e.g. HMRC) or reputable organisation pressure you to make a financial transaction on the spot or threaten you with legal action / arrest.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number."
If you think you’ve been scammed, or someone has come to your door to offer services or goods you were not expecting, report it to Police Scotland on 101. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
For further advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or visit the Police Scotland website https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information
For advice and guidance on suspicious emails or 'phishing' emails or text messages, please visit the National Cyber Security Centre website for tips on how to stay safer online – http://www.ncsc.gov.uk/
Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed or attempts have been made to get money from any of your accounts
Why not take advantage of the free online training at http://www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk to learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others
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Samantha Campbell (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)