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Beware of Scams

Criminals are constantly on the lookout for ways to defraud others, often taking advantage of heightened anxieties and vulnerabilities to expand their activities. The many and various means they use to defraud and exploit their victims include bogus (but very authentic looking) websites, emails and text messages, the telephone and calling at the door.

Fraudsters present themselves in many ways. Posing as Government or other officials, or repesentatives of businesses; offering services or medical supplies, pretending to be collecting for charities, inviting their victim to supply sensitive information as the result of an ‘upgrade’, or impersonating someone known to the victim and claiming to be in difficulty are just a few of their methods, whilst modern technology provides a means for them to present in a very convincing and plausible manner.

Initiatives include Scam Awareness Fortnight, an annual event organised by Citizens’ Advice. You can find more information on the Citizens Advice check if something might be a scam page.

There is useful general advice on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s scam awareness fortnight page along with a means of reporting suspected scams for those who live within the borough.

There is also a list of popular scams along with links to useful information on the Dudley MBC Scams web page.


Protecting yourself when online

A whole raft of information about protecting your privacy and avoiding online scams and fraud can be found on the Get Safe Online website.


Bogus emails: spot the fraudsters

Email is a frequent method used by online fraudsters to trick innocent people out of their money or their identity – or both – and the coronavirus pandemic prompted criminals to increase their online activities. This activity is commonly referred to as ‘phishing’.

Download this handy guide for using email safely and securely by Get Safe Online to help you spot online fraudsters’ tactics and keep alert to these threats.