Scams – what to watch out for

A scam is a scheme designed to con you out of your money or your personal details such as your bank account details, PIN numbers or internet banking login details.


Phishing is when scammers try and get your personal details like bank account and debit/credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, access codes or other sensitive information.

Financial scams

A financial scam is an attempt to con you out of your money. Scammers are now using more sophisticated methods than ever to try to gain access to your money and personal data. These include the use of fake websites, phishing emails, scam texts and phone calls.

Pyramid schemes

Pyramid schemes promise you quick and easy money in return for cash. But they are actually designed to con you into investing significant amounts of money which can never be recovered.

Social media scams

Social media scams are becoming more common as these large platforms give scammers access to a large network of people. Scammers set up fake profiles on social media, messaging platforms and apps.

Rental accommodation scams

When looking for a property to rent, either as your home or when you go on holiday, the last thing you want is to become a victim of a scam and lose your money. We have tips for you to make your renting experience as safe as possible and avoid being scammed.

Other scams

Scams take place in many other ways. Here are the most common kinds you should watch out for.

Last updated on 21 November 2023