Scams & rip-offs

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.