Scams can appear in various forms, but they are becoming more and more sophisticated in order to attract more unintentional victims. They can happen over the phone, text or email, or even through websites that look legitimate. As a result, Britons are urged to be extra careful that they do not end up parting with their hard earned money.
As Mr Khanna explained, social media has now become the easiest way for scammers to get all of a person’s information – with posts to the number one song on the day of birth or given name. of their pet offering an open door to guess safety answers. .
As a result, Brits are urged to set up the appropriate privacy settings on apps like Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, and think about the type of content they interact with.
As a general rule, people should refrain from publicly sharing key information such as their date of birth or their mother’s maiden name, as this information can be used by fraudsters to steal a person’s identity. .
Next, Mr Khanna strongly urged the British to keep a ‘watchful eye’ on communications, and said: “Criminals can easily make fraudulent communications very convincing; therefore, it is essential that you always carefully check your emails or texts for any signs of scams before engaging with the sender.
“Telltale signs include misspellings and links to an unsecured website without an official website domain name. Secure websites will usually have a padlock or green check mark in the browser bar, which means your information is encrypted and protected from hackers.
This is because fraud can sometimes happen without a person even realizing it, and unusual transactions could hold the key to understanding whether a person has been targeted.
Reviewing credit reports and financial statements is a good practice method and should be done on a regular basis.
Mr. Khanna concluded, “When you take steps to protect yourself against fraud, the more aware you are of the best ways to protect your information and key information, the better.
“If you find yourself getting a scam call, email or text, ask yourself why you are being asked for this information and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’.
“If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact Action Fraud, the police and your bank, and cancel all cards involved.
“Then go through your credit report to identify any unexpected or unusual activity, and work with the companies involved to resolve any issues. “