Northamptonshire County Council’s urging people to report scams as part of a national awareness campaign this month.
An increasingly-common type of scam involves consumers falling prey to online investments, including cryptocurrency and stocks and shares – which turn out not to exist.
There has also been a rise in bogus solicitors and fraudulent holiday timeshare scams, often pretending that household names have endorsed the company to give it some legitimacy.
The advice to watch out for legal and financial scams is:
· Be suspicious if you’re contacted out of the blue, even if it’s from a name you recognise
· Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you
· Don’t be rushed – you never need to make a decision straight away
· If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
· Genuine computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer
· Suspect a scam? Hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line or use another phone to call
· Never send money to someone you have never met
· Walk away from job ads that ask for money in advance
People can get advice and report scams by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 and can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.