July marks National Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign to warn people of the dangers of scamming and encourage people to talk about their experiences.
A recent scam affecting local people is the Bono Lottery scam. Letters sent from a company called Bono Lotto claim that you have won £825,000, and that you must pay a processing fee and send a form with your personal details within two weeks to claim the winnings.
This scam also pressures people to keep their winning information confidential. As a result, when a winning cheque fails to appear many people don’t want to tell anyone that they have been scammed because they feel embarrassed or ashamed.
Please include details of the following fraud awareness event as per below:
Come along to one of our free interactive group events so you can learn how to protect yourself from fraud. Seminar is organised by Barclays bank.
In the session you will learn how to:
Venue: Barclays Bank PLC, 13 Artillery Row, SW1P 1RH
Date: Wednesday 29 July, 10am-12 midday
Register: Please phone Helen or Jenny on 020 7441 2693 to confirm your attendance.
You should be wary of giving out your personal information. In a lot of cases, scammers are not always directly after your money, instead they sell your details on to other scammers.
Here are some top tips to help spot a potential scam:
If you’re unsure about something or want to find out more about how to spot a scam, how to protect your identity or how to report a scam, please call 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.