Would you know if someone was trying to defraud you? We might like to think we could spot a scam a mile off – but fraudsters are ruthless, and their methods are getting more sophisticated.
Even though there are many types of fraud, with new ones appearing all the time, there are some psychological tactics fraudsters commonly use. These tactics have the sole aim of making people act before they have time to stop, think and check if it’s genuine.
One of our best weapons against fraud is knowledge. Once you know the tactics fraudsters commonly use and the signs to look out for, you have more chance of avoiding them.
Learn about the psychological tactics fraudsters use to get you to act without taking the time to stop, think and check.
Where to look out for fraud
Fraud can take place just about anywhere. Online, on social media, by email, by phone, on your doorstep and elsewhere. If you know where scammers might show up, you’ll be more likely to spot suspicious activity whenever and wherever it happens.
Learn the signs of a fake email designed to steal your money or personal information.
Learn the signs of a fake text message designed to steal your data or money.
Learn the signs that an advert on a website, search engine or social media platform isn’t genuine.
Learn the signs of a bogus website created to take payment for goods that don’t exist or infect your device with a virus.