How to… Beat fraud­sters

Criminals are us­ing so­phis­ti­cated tricks to get hold of your cash

Woman's Own - - YOUR MONEY -

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.

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