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Top 5 tips for fighting fraud

Top 5 tips for fighting fraud

This week, I will be sharing some advice on how to fight senior fraud.

Criminals who use email, telephone and post can prey on the elderly. Fraud can have devastating effects on people, so we aim to help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

Here are our top 5 tips for fighting fraud:

  • Consider having another person double check any e-mails and post if you doubt any are genuine.
  • Never give personal information or bank details on the phone or through an e-mail that you did not expect. Legitimate callers such as your bank, never ask for sensitive information through phone calls or e-mails.
  • Never send or transfer money to a stranger, regardless of the offer. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If a caller is trying to sell something you don’t want, don’t hesitate to stop them. Try saying things like “I never buy anything over the phone” or “Sorry, I’m going to have to hang up” to get out of the situation.
  • Sometimes you do have to give away personal information online. A secure web address always starts with: https://. If a website starts with http:// (without the ‘s’) it is not secure.

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