National Scams Awareness Month

Wed, 08/07/2015

Be safe and aware for National Scams Awareness Month

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.

Bono Lottery scam

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.

If you receive this letter, there is no prize money and your personal information could be at risk.

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:

Find out more at a fraud awareness seminar

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:

  • recognise different fraud scenarios
  • stay safe online
  • protect your personal and security information
  • know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud.

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.

How do I spot a scam?

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:

  • Scams can use fake addresses at prestigious locations to appear legitimate, however you shouldn’t be fooled. In the above case, Bono Lottery recently have claimed to be at an address in Bressenden Place and have previously claimed to be located at The Shard.
  • Banks and the police will never ask you for your PIN, so if you receive a message requesting this it is a scam. Banks will also never send a courier to collect bank cards.
Remember, don’t be rushed and don’t be hushed.

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.


Last updated: 5 August 2016
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