Types of Scams

Remote access scams

(aka technical support scams)

Involve scammers contacting people over the phone to get access to their computers and to steal their money. The scammers often get their victims to log into their online banking to ‘check that the internet is working’.

Dating and romance scams

Scammers often approach their victims on legitimate dating websites before attempting to move the ‘relationship’ away from the safeguards that these sites put in place, for example, by communicating through other methods such as email, where they can more easily manipulate victims.

Fake charities

Scammers impersonate charities all year round, often seeking fake donations in response to real disasters or emergencies.

Fake parcel delivery scams

So, you have shopped online and are now eagerly awaiting your goodies! Don’t let your guard down. Cybercriminals send fake parcel delivery notifications to trick you into downloading malware or giving away your personal or financial details.

Shopping scams

Scammers pretend to be real businesses online by setting up fake websites that look like genuine online stores or by creating advertisements on legitimate sites to trick you into clicking on them.

Threat-based impersonation scams

Threat-based impersonation scams are common and can be traumatic for the victim. Typically, scammers pretend to be from a well-known trusted business, government department or organisation and they threaten you into handing over your money or personal details.

Fraud prevention

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