Scams & rip-offs

Scam watch: Fraudsters turn to romance to con victims

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 | News

NatWest has issued a Valentine’s Day warning against scammers who use emotional manipulation to defraud people.

Government fails to set a date for pensions cold call ban, again

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 | News

Despite repeated calls from the pensions industry and the Work and Pensions Committee, the government has again failed to set a date for the implementation of a pensions cold calling ban.

Scam watch: Beware ‘ghost broking’ car insurance fraud

Monday, 12 February 2018 | News

Motorists are being alerted to the dangers of fraudsters who sell worthless insurance policies to unsuspecting members of the public.

Jeff Prestridge: Fraudsters want to make me a Bitcoin millionaire, turn my pension to cash and give me whiplash compensation

Monday, 12 February 2018 | Article

I am currently plagued by an unholy alliance of nuisance calls, texts and fraudsters. They are intent on trying to remove what little remains in my bank account now that I have paid my tax bill.

Scam watch: £87k a day lost to binary options scams

Monday, 29 January 2018 | News

Investors have been warned to be vigilant to the threat of online investment fraud, after the regulator has revealed that £87,000 a day was lost to binary options scams in 2017.  

Protect your money online with February’s Moneywise out now

Friday, 26 January 2018 | News

Beat the fraudsters, create the perfect password, and stop nuisance calls and texts with February’s Moneywise magazine, which is dedicated to protecting your money online.

Scam watch: Beware ‘tax rebate’ text messages

Friday, 26 January 2018 | News

Consumers are being warned to watch out for a convincing text-based scam offering tax rebates, after HMRC says it has stopped thousands of these messages from being sent to taxpayers.

Scam watch: Beware pension transfer cold calls as fraudsters ordered to repay £13.7m

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 | News

Pensioners and those approaching retirement should be aware of attempts by cold callers to dupe them into transferring their pensions into scam schemes.

Crown Prosecution Service recovers just £1 for every £6,000 stolen

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 | News

Victims of crime are being left without financial justice as just £1 in every £6,120 stolen is recovered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), according to new research.

Are you too smart to be scammed?

Monday, 22 January 2018 | News

Consumers could be leaving themselves vulnerable to fraud by thinking they’re too smart to be scammed, according to new research from Take Five.