How to… Beat fraudsters
Criminals are using sophisticated tricks to get hold of your cash
Con artists are constantly coming up with different ways to get us to part with our money. A new report from Natwest has predicted the frauds they believe crooks will be using this year to try to steal from us…
1 They’re watching
It can be tempting to share exciting news on social media, but criminals may be monitoring your account and use that information to try to scam you, according to the Natwest Digital Safety 2018 Report. So be careful about what you post and keep your profile private.
2 Be suspicious
Fraudsters will use upcoming events to try to con us – for example, criminal gangs may try to exploit Brexit. Be wary of e-mails warning that our departure from Europe will cause savings to crash and telling you to urgently move your money into apparently safe investment products, which are actually fake.
Plus a dream trip to this summer’s World Cup in Russia could be left in tatters, as it’s expected to attract criminals trying to sell fake tickets.
3 Use your head
Dating apps are popular, but some people are using them to create fake profiles, form ‘relationships’ and then ‘mine’ the victim for personal details. In this way they steal their identity, taking out loans or credit cards in their names. Brides-to-be have also been warned about criminals offering fake online deals on venue hire, food and dresses.
So before you spend your money, always do your research. It’s essential to be vigilant and listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong, then always stop and question it.
For more information on The Natwest Digital Safety 2018 report, visit rbs.com.