Scams & rip-offs

What's a boiler room scam?

Monday, 06 January 2014 | Article

The boiler room scammer is a very skilled operator: plausible, persuasive and psychologically manipulative.

Just been scammed? Don't fall victim to the recovery room scam

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Article

A type of investment fraud, the 'recovery room' scam, has mushroomed, trading on the desperation of those who have already been defrauded – often of their life savings.

Fight back against fraudsters

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 | Article

In these pressing times who can resist the opportunity of money for nothing: to get the fast train to riches without having to invest all hopes and pound coins on lottery tickets?

Watch out for the banks' scams

Thursday, 25 August 2011 | Article

Would you buy an investment product from a bank? Millions of people do.

Avoid the second-hand car sales con

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Article

It's impossible to know exactly how many people were conned into buying a faulty car last year, but with 5.5 million second-hand cars changing hands in 2009, we can be pretty sure it's a lot.

Five ways to avoid the latest scams

Monday, 12 July 2010 | News

Consumers are losing more than £3.5 billion to fraudsters each year, the National Fraud Authority has announced.

Know your consumer rights

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | Article

Government consumer rights body Consumer Direct had over 1.5 million calls and emails last year from people who felt they'd been treated unfairly when they bought goods or a service. 

Moneywise Customer Service Awards: 2010 winners

Monday, 16 May 2011 | News

Following a survey of more than 10,000 consumers, Moneywise is pleased to announce the winners of its Customer Services Awards 2010.

How to spot auction fraud online

Thursday, 30 October 2014 | Article

In April 2010, the UK saw it's first conviction of an eBay trader for auction fixing.

Five holiday scams to watch out for

Monday, 15 April 2013 | News

Paying over the odds or falling victim to scammers could be your passport to a holiday from hell this summer. Here are five fraudsters you don't want to meet when it comes to your vacation.