Scams Awareness Fortnight 2022
It's Scams Awareness Fortnight from 13 to 26 June and this year's campaign is focusing on scams and the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted on 14 June 2022
With many people facing increased financial pressures, there is a high chance that scammers will take advantage of this, so it's really important to be #ScamAware, recognise a scam and take the right action.
Spam emails, ‘suspicious activity’ alerts from your bank, and news stories about data breaches seem to have become part of our daily lives. Estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales suggest there were 5.1 million fraud offences in the year ending Sept 2021. Citizens Advice research found that in the first five months of 2021 more than two thirds of adults (36 million people) had been targeted by a scam.
Increased financial pressures have put more people into difficult situations, facing issues such as debt or not being able to afford essential goods and services. Scammers are likely to exploit these. Anyone can be a victim of a scam, so it’s more important than ever to remain alert, spot potential scams and make sure you know how to protect yourself and others.
There are lots of different types of scams emerging. Here are some examples to look out for:
- Scammers pretending to be energy companies, luring people with ‘too good to be true’ deals, in order to steal bank details and money.
- Fake sales representatives selling counterfeit shopping vouchers.
- Fraudsters sending out phishing emails pretending to offer an energy rebate, or government support, to obtain people’s personal information.
There’s lots of advice on the Citizens Advice website, including how to:
If you are a victim of cybercrime or online fraud and scams, report it to Action Fraud tel: 0300 123 2040.
Suspicious, or phishing emails, should be forwarded to the National Cyber Security Centre's Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support and Information
There are many sources of support and information about scams: