After 3 editions of the Little Book of Big Scams, here we introduce the fourth edition of the book in which some latest frauds are included like recruitment related fraud along with many others. Knowing these frauds, you can stay alert about the same and safeguard yourself by following our tips mentioned in this article.
Day by day, the cases of online frauds are increasing and for this reason, it is mandatory for us to take this issue in our serious consideration. We need to look out for causes as well as solutions to battle with these cases in a right way. Metropolitan Police Service has already started taking serious steps against these cases and here we are going to discuss them with our readers.
Stop Fraud With Take Five
Financial Fraud Action UK has introduced a national campaign against fraud namely Take Five. This campaign is supported by the UK banking segment. Take Five encourages people to think and stop by before replying to any email, text or even a phone call that ask for financial or personal details of a person. At a time, one suspects any fraudster tries to sneak into the financial details, immediately challenge with following phrase – My Money? My Info? I Don’t Think So!
Stay Alert From A Fraud Approach
Personal Information – If you get any sort of uninvited approach from anyone, it can be a scam or an attempt at fraud. At that time, always put questions before the person. It would be the best to directly connect with the company from whom he or she claims to be coming from.
Click on Files or Web Links – There are many instances when we get email or SMS with a web link and many of us click on it without thinking about it. If you too get such link in email or text from an unknown person, never open the link if it is not expected by you. It can be a trick of a fraudster to get access to your financial or personal details.
Requests Related to Move Money – No real company or bank ask account holders to provide account ID and password or OTP or pin for moving money to any other bank account. They only provide you the information related to your bank account to the account holder. So, if you get any such call asking you details that you have not provided consent to the bank, then it would surely be a suspicious call from a fraudster.
Tips To Safeguard Your Finances From Fraud
• Always be alert before you post any personal details about you online or on social media sites. Keep your privacy settings rechecking on such sites to stay protected.
• Make sure to use a strong password for your online accounts.
• For your email, your password should be different and strong. If possible, use 2-factor password authentication.
• Use screen lock to safeguard your smartphone or tab.
• Update your laptop, smartphone or any other device with anti-virus time to time.
• Keep a back-up of your data separately on an external hard drive.
• Do not use any of the public wi-fi connection while using online banking. It is also recommended not to use such internet connections for your email access etc. Always use your own 3G, or 4G data to access them as data passed onto these networks is encrypted always.
Besides these tips, there are many other aspects as well as tips that you should consider to stay protected from fraudsters and keep your finances away from the reach of cybercriminals. To learn everything about big scams, read the Little Book of Big Scams available at https://www.met.police.uk/globalassets/downloads/fraud/the-little-book-of-big-scams.pdf.