Scams & rip-offs

How to fight fraudsters: the psychology of scams

Find out how to recognise – and overcome – the psychological tactics that scammers use, playing on insecurity and anxiety so they can get their hands on your money

Fraudsters trick victims out of £4,526 in bank transfer scams last year as banks refund less than a quarter of lost money

Friday, 22 March 2019 | News

Fraudsters managed to trick victims into paying them £354 million in bank transfer scams last year, new figures from UK Finance show.

Payday lender slammed for using Brexit food shortage fears to sell loans

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 | News

Payday lender Peachy has been admonished by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for using "emotional pressure" relating to Brexit to encourage people to take out a loan. 

Beware new council tax scam where fraudsters offer you a refund

Monday, 18 March 2019 | News

Fraudsters are targeting people in a new council tax scam by suggesting they are owed a refund.

"I was a potential victim of a TV licence email scam": Moneywise readers best comments and letters in March 2019

Thursday, 14 March 2019 | Blog | By The Moneywise Team

Each month we publish the best comments, emails and letters from our readers the star of which will win a £50 M&S giftcard. Here are the best of March 2019

Scam watch: beware pug bandits selling pets and accessories online that don’t exist

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | News

Prospective pet owners should be careful of adverts for pets from fraudsters, Action Fraud is warning.

Bank transfer scam victims to be refunded under new rules

Friday, 01 March 2019 | News

People tricked into transferring bank payments to fraudsters in 'authorised push payment' scams will find it easier to get their money back under new plans.

Instagram users scammed out of £8,900 EACH in "get rich quick" investment schemes

Monday, 25 February 2019 | News

Instagram users are being warned about fraudulent investment posts offering “get rich quick” schemes which have cost users over £3 million.

Renters beware: Fraudsters are posing as landlords in a new deposit scam

Friday, 22 February 2019 | News

Renters are being warned about fraudsters pretending to be landlords who ask for up-front deposits.

Beware fraudsters selling fake flights to destinations they know you are planning to visit

Friday, 15 February 2019 | News

Half-term holidaymakers are being warned about fraudsters using new tactics to sell fake flight tickets.

My father has lost more than £30,000 to fraudsters

Friday, 08 February 2019 | Article

Moneywise helps a reader whose father has been scammed