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Scams - how to spot and report them

September 1st 2017

We have noticed an increase in Trygve events warning fellow users of scams and rogue traders.

It is astounding how many scammers there are out there and how clever they can be in convincing victims out of their money.

Here are some tips and resources on scams so you can avoid becoming a victim.

First - what is a scam?

Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can be in the form of post, a phone call, a text message or email. Some scammers might even come to your door.

Some of the most common scams are:

  • fake lotteries
  • deceptive prize draws or sweepstakes
  • clairvoyants
  • banking scams
  • computer scams
  • romance scams

See more common scams at Citizens Advice.

Example of a scam

Recently, a Trygve user posted about her experience with a phone scammer – see the event here.

How to spot a scam

There are a few signals that may mean somebody is attempting to scam you, such as:

  • the call, letter, email or text was unexpected or ‘out of the blue’.
  • you’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about.
  • you are asked to send money in advance.
  • you are told you have to respond quickly so don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends before you decide.
  • you are told to keep it a secret.

How to report a scam

If you or someone you know has experienced a scam, you must report it as soon as possible to Action Fraud.

Share scam attempts to Trygve to warn your neighbours. Ensure the event is made ‘public’ so all nearby users can receive the information.

How to help and learn more

The National Trading Standards Scam Team are doing all they can to help educate people and support victims of scams. Friends Against Scams is an initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams.'

Become a Friend Against Scams and attend an educational session hosted by a SCAMChampion.

The more people are aware, the more we can fight the effect of scams together. Spread the word about attempted scams by sharing this article and scam attempts to your friends and neighbours.

~ Team Trygve

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