Learn how to protect yourself from a variety of subtle scams. You will be surprised as to the many different ways in which scams occur, from bogus emails from your bank and governmental department asking you to log in or input your credit card details, to miracle cures, to winning tickets and prize draws, to pension scams. We have provided a compilation of examples and a gude on what to do if you suspect a scam.
This year’s campaign took place over two weeks, from the 15-28 June, focusing on raising awareness of the scams that have emerged as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, including offering fake tests, selling unsafe masks and, as more people are online, thousands of phishing emails and text messages from scammers pretending to be government agencies to obtain bank account details. The overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.