Having worked closely with HMRC investigators and been a victim of fraud myself, in this post, I will be talking about fraud prevention. Join me, Rod Bond, for some digestible tips on fraud prevention. With the economy teetering above the unknown, we live in truly unprecedented times. Rising unemployment, national debt and uncertainty are all the makings of a situation where you could easily find yourself being caught out. One thing to remember, though, is that fraudsters also work from home. Thus, the threat looms large. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and there are plenty of avenues of support.
Scammers and fraudsters often pose as credible agencies, such as a bank, government officials or even the police. The trick to avoid falling victim to fraud is to be able to spot an imposter. While they may go to great lengths to conceal their intentions, if you are alert and watchful enough, you should be able to spot them. If someone contacts you claiming to be from a bank or a government agency, you are well within your rights to challenge them and establish their identity. Do not hesitate, as this is exactly what they prey upon.
Never give your bank details to someone you do not know. This is a basic point but you’d be surprised how tricky fraudsters can be. You won’t be the first or the last to be fooled by shady scammers. However, this tip belongs to the category of golden rules!
Help and Advice
In the United Kingdom various governmental and non-governmental institutions exist to stamp out fraud. If you’re ever in doubt, seek advice. It may very well be that you’re not the first person to be targeted by fraudsters operating a particular scam.
National Fraud Authority – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-fraud-authority/about
Met Police – https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/fo/fraud/
Take Five – To Stop Fraud – https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
National Crime Agency – https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/fraud-and-economic-crime