Scams come in all shapes and sizes, from subscription scams to dating scams to scams relating to financial investments, and many more. They can be in-person or online. They can come via the post or over the phone.
Everyone is vulnerable, without exception, and it only takes one scammer to empty a bank account.
We know that some people are more vulnerable to scams than others and we always have to be on our toes to look out for friends and family members.
There are many things you can do to spot, stop and report scams but the most important is to stay vigilant at all times and never be pressured into making spending decisions, or sharing personal information, by people or organisations you don’t know or trust.
If you feel you have come across a potential scam, been the victim of a scam, want to know more scams in general, or want to get more personally involved in the fight against scams read the information below and see how you can make a positive contribution to fighting scammers.
To report a potential scam, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or, if you think you have been scammed, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
If you want to know more in general about how to spot, stop and report scams visit the Citizens Advice website at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/our-work/our-campaigns/awareness-raising-campaigns/scams-awareness-campaign/advice-on-scams/ , or call your local Citizens Advice office on 0800 144 8848.
To keep up with the latest scam warnings for Warwickshire sign up to Trading Standards scam alerts from Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards; to be found at
Finally, if you want to be more active personally in the fight against scammers visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ and see about becoming a ‘scam champion’.
Don’t let scammers get you down – spot, stop and report scams.
Citizens Advice across Warwickshire.