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.


Scammers try to get your personal details like bank account and credit card numbers, usernames and passwords from you. If you are fooled by the scam and give them your details the scammers can use these to steal money from your bank account, spend money on your credit card or steal your identity and take out loans in your name.

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.

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.

Lotteries and premium rate scams

Many lotteries and competitions are genuine, and are run by large and reputable organisations or charities. But some types of lottery, sweepstake or prize draw could turn out to be scams that rip you off.

Online ticket scams

When buying tickets for sporting events, concerts or music festivals, it can be tricky to figure out whether an online seller or site is legitimate. There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself when buying tickets online.

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