Scams & rip-offs

Don’t be fooled by an ethical label

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | 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

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 | 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.

Never get ripped off again

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

As a nation, we Brits don’t stand up for ourselves enough.

Beware restaurants' rip-off tricks

Monday, 22 June 2015 | Article

Going out for meal at a restaurant is all about treating yourself - letting your belt out rather than tightening it. But none of us can afford to be careless about what we spend these days.

Beware the buy-to-let marketing patter

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

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

Don't get stung buying a used car

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

More than 47,000 people logged complaints about second hand car dealerships in 2008, according to new figures from Consumer Direct.

Moneywise investigation: abuse of the elderly

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | 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.

Don’t be conned by sales scams

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | 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.

The changing face of fraud

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Article

"The internet is a fantastic, useful tool, yet there are people out there who are using it unlawfully for their own gain," says Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at IT security firm Sophos.