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A scam is a scheme that has been designed to con you out of your money, personal details or goods. It is very difficult to get these back if you have handed them over to scammers.

You can avoid a lot of scams if you know what to look out for. If you look after someone who could be vulnerable to scams there are things you can do to help keep them safe from the scammers.

As well as costing people their money or goods, scams can also cause stress and emotional distress to the person being scammed as well as their family and friends.

Types of scams

There are many types of scams and they can arrive in the mail, be emailed, telephoned or you may find yourself being scammed by people you meet.

I think a scam has taken place

If you, a friend or member of your family thinks they have fallen victim to a scam it should be reported as soon as possible to Action Fraud.

Protect yourself and others from scams

Scam mail is designed to look official and authentic. There are signs to look out for to identify a possible scam and protect yourself and others from the scammers.

Where to find advice on scams

A number of organisations provide advice on scams.

Scam alerts and reports

If you've seen a scam recently then you can report it to us using our online form. You can also view the latest scam alerts.

Report a possible scam

If you think you have been the victim of a scam please make sure you report it.

Friends against scams

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to... 'Take a Stand Against Scams.'
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