Fraud is a major concern to all of us. Since the pandemic, things have become progressively worse. It has proved to be very easy to gain people’s bank details and personal information. With the increased use of online banking and telephone banking, fraudsters have begun to use increasingly clever and nefarious ways to get us to give up the information that they need. Popular scams include saying that they are from your bank’s fraud department and want to check a transaction. Others claim to be from Amazon, wanting to confirm a purchase that has been made in your name for a huge figure. Many of these calls are designed to instil a sense of fear and panic in the person they are calling. For example, one recent scam was where the caller purported to be from HMRC and that the person owed massive amounts of tax. If they didn’t pay, they would be arrested or faced court proceedings.
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If you do receive a call from someone saying they are from your Bank, HMRC, or Public service, do not give out your bank account. Hang up the phone and ring the organisation that the person says they are from directly, either from correspondence that you have or a trusted website.