Online scams, otherwise known as Internet Fraud, is when an email, phone call, or other form of online communication, is used deceptively against an individual, in order to receive financial or personal gain. Often, these scams can appear to impersonate an individual , or corporation, that you regularly have interactions with. Historically, frequent scams have appeared as impersonating your bank, or as HMRC requiring personal information.
To avoid being scammed, be careful when (According to Citizens Advice):
In addition, if you suspect you are being scammed via email, don’t download any files, or click any links attached to the message. These will likely be a form of virus or malware to extract personal data.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you have been scammed, you can call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or you can talk to a Welsh-speaking adviser on 03454 04 05 05. The helplines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
If you have any legal issues with regards to a scam or fraud, please call Ian Robinson on 01329 822 333 for further information.
On behalf of Churchers Solicitors, best wishes, and Happy New Year!