Scams

Beware ‘we will buy your debt’ scam

Monday, 27 July 2009 | Article

“Mum suddenly cheered up. She had been out of sorts for a few weeks, and then the mists cleared – she told me she’d found an amazing company that could sort out a little problem she had fallen into.”

Avoid this investment scam

Monday, 06 July 2009 | Article

With the stockmarket going up and down like a 
yo-yo, what could be more helpful than a computer program that takes all the hard work out of picking winners?

Fraud: how to get your money back

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | News

Figures from CIFAS, the UK's Fraud Prevention Service, reveal a 20% increase in identity fraud during the first three months of 2010, when compared to the same time...

Don’t be fooled by an ethical label

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | Article

In a memorable line from the 1980’s movie Wall Street, Michael Douglas, playing successful corporate raider Gordon Gekko, proclaims: “Greed is good”.

Watch out for this inheritance scam

Thursday, 09 April 2009 | Article

Perhaps it’s a result of the credit crunch, but no less than four Moneywise readers have been contacted by fraudsters in recent months, all peddling the same old scam.

Is your gym taking you for a ride?

Monday, 30 March 2009 | Article

There are certain times during the year when gyms see their membership levels jump and queues form next to the treadmills. January, for example, is a busy month as people attempt to work off the Christmas excess.

Beware the buy-to-let marketing patter

Wednesday, 11 March 2009 | Article

In the September 2008 edition of Moneywise magazine, I listed the names of investment schemes we had warned against which had...

Moneywise investigation: abuse of the elderly

Monday, 15 December 2008 | Article

Violet* was in her mid-eighties when her 90-year-old husband Malcolm had a stroke. He survived, but was in need of extensive care so, while he was in hospital, Violet went home to try to organise a nursing home.

Financial ‘psychics’ prey on the weak

Monday, 08 December 2008 | Article

With the stockmarket in turmoil, you might well be excused for ignoring analysts who employ calculators and computer programs to predict what’s ahead and instead put your faith in financial forecasters of a less conventional...

Don’t be conned by sales scams

Monday, 01 December 2008 | Article

Christmas shopping always starts out fun but, before long, festive overload kicks in and we end up stressed, distracted and in a hurry – a perfect scenario for an internet shopping scam.