Spotted a Scam?
In this section you will find contact details and links to websites that can help further in relation to all types of scams. You can use this information to talk to your family and friends, report scams to the relevant authority and to access advice and guidance.
Citizens Advice Consumer Service
Citizens Advice Consumer Service can offer support if you or someone you know has been scammed. They will give you advice on what to do next.
For consumers in Scotland, the Citizens Advice Direct number is 0808 164 6000
Action Fraud is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime where you should report fraud if you have spotted a scam or have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber-crime.
Mail & Telephone Preference Service
To reduce the amount of junk mail you receive register for free with the Mail Preference Service.
The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service to enable consumers to have their names and home addresses in the UK removed from lists used by the industry.
To help stop marketing phone calls register for free with the Telephone Preference Service.
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free service. It is a legal requirement that all organisations (including charities, voluntary organisations and political parties) do not make calls to numbers registered on the TPS unless they have your consent to do so.
Some scams pose as the TPS and may contact you requesting you to renew your TPS registration at a cost. Remember the TPS is a free service and any call trying to charge you for it is a scam.
If you encounter a person carrying out a doorstep scam and their behaviour is threatening then you can call the emergency services for immediate support, if there is no imediate danger you can contact your local police.
You can call the emergency services on 999.
You can call your local police force on 101.
Or visit the website www.police.uk
Age UK run a Freephone service offering advice and information on money, care and health. Your local Age UK may offer scams support for people in your area.
Additionally if you feel comfortable you could approach them yourself.
When talking to them, here are some suggested guidelines that you could follow:
- Spend time listening to the individual; do not judge them.
- Present them with different options, but allow and encourage them to make their own choices.
- Refrain from getting frustrated, interrupting them or finishing their sentences.
- Don't force the issue, it's important to remember that scam victims might not always be receptive to talking about their experiences.
- Sign up to be a Scam Marshal. Click here for more information.