Scams are schemes that con you out of your money. They might come to you in the form of adverts, cold-callers, emails, letters, phone calls or texts. They include:
- lottery scams, in which you are told you have won a large sum of money but must pay a fee to release the cash or supply personal documents such as a passport for proof of identity
- phishing scams which trick you into revealing personal details, such as usernames and passwords which can allow fraudsters access to your computer, mobile devices or bank account
- 'get rich quick' schemes that promise huge returns if you invest money first
The criminals behind them are making billions of pounds each year exploiting unsuspecting consumers.
Whether you are a victim of a scam, or suspect that you have been the target of one, we would encourage you to report your experience to us. Information will help to build an intelligence picture which can be used by police and other anti-fraud organisations to tackle fraudsters.
In an emergency:
- call 999
In a non-emergency:
- report online here or
- call 101
Contact Action Fraud