Keeping your money safe

Don’t lend money from Loan Sharks and get help if you have

Loan sharks are ruthless predators, preying on people who need access to money quickly

If you’re struggling with loan sharks or worried about a loved one, speak to Stop Loan Sharks today on 0300 555 2222. For tips and advice see their website

Cyber scammers are online – protect your money

You’re not too smart to fall victim to a scam. It can happen to anyone. Don’t let them win – be Cyber secure using these tips

Top tips to keep Cyber criminals out

If someone has been scammed, report it! Call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or visit the website here

Look after your money

Looking after your money can sometimes feel overwhelming. This great guide from Age UK can help you no matter what your age.

From phishing emails to things that sound too good to be true, here’s 3 scams you need to know about.

Competition Scams

Often found on Instagram, fake accounts will trick you into liking, sharing and commenting on their posts to win something. You’ll then get a DM saying that you’ve won! And they’ll ask you to pay an upfront cost for delivery and ask for personal information. They’ll then use this to steal your money and your identity.

Too good to be true deals

If something sounds too good to be true — it probably is. Scammers pose as real brand accounts offering exclusive discounts on luxury goods. The accounts often have fake followers and post enhanced photos to make them seem real. When you buy from them, the goods are fake and poor quality or they never turn up.

Phishing emails

Phishing emails are emails used to steal your personal information. Often scammers pose as organisations such as the government and ask you to fill in information to receive a grant.

How do I protect myself online?

There are some easy steps you can take to protect yourself against scams.

Use a strong password — and make sure your email password is different to passwords you use on other websites. Choose 3 random words and add numbers and symbols

Don’t click on things you don’t trust — this includes links or downloads from friends that seem out of character. For example, getting you to vote for them in a competition or send money.

Make sure your antivirus software is up to date — your phone or laptop will notify you when the software needs updating.

What to do if you’ve been scammed. If you or someone you know has been scammed, you can call Citizens Advice consumer service  0808 223 1133