A scam is any unwanted e-mail, letter, telephone call or visitor who make false promises if they are given money in some way. Some examples are:
- fake lotteries, prize draws or sweepstakes
- clairvoyants (someone who says they can tell you your future), computer scams and romance scams
The criminals try and trick people with flashy, important looking documents or websites and are very convincing! They will always ask for money in some way: either a money payment, or to post something or make an expensive phone call. Doorstep Scams are also crimes carried out by bogus callers and rogue traders who call, often uninvited, at people's home pretending to be official businesses.
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK! People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.
If you access this link, scroll down and select the first blue circled called ‘Friends – find our more’, it will allow you to access a really useful and interactive short online learning module (the green rectangle). It is good fun and informative at the same time so please spread the word, spread your awareness and make people safer!