A scam where someone posing as a salesperson offers you the chance to invest in shares, land, gold or carbon credits. Do your research before you make any decision about an investment. Call the FCA helpline on 0800 111 6768 for further guidance.
This scam involves being told you have won a lottery you did not enter or an inheritance you didn’t know was due. They will usually ask for a fee upfront for administration costs. Genuine lotteries will not ask for a fee upfront to release your winnings.
Computer Software Scam
A scam where you will receive a call supposedly from a well known computer company asking you to download the latest software as you may have a virus. They may ask you to visit a website to download the software or even ask for payment for their help. Legitimate computer companies will never call you and ask you to download software or to repair your computer.
This type of scam involves advertising goods or services that don’t exist or aren’t theirs to sell. They will ask for payment directly to their bank and the goods will never arrive. Always remember to research the site and the seller before making any purchases.
A scam that involves having funds transferred into your account and then sending the funds on, usually to accounts based overseas. This will usually take the form of a job advert. Never allow someone to use your account to move funds.