With 62% of people in the North East reporting that they have been contacted by a scammer in the last two years, it has never been more important to be #scamaware. Remember though, not all scams are online and the old cons are still being used to trick people out of their cash, savings and possessions.

Here are our top ten tips for being #scamaware:

  1. If you’re worried about telephone scams look into installing a call blocker

  2. Tell your bank immediately if there is any suspicious activity or transactions from your account or credit cards

  3. Be suspicious if you’re contacted out of the blue, even if it’s from a name you recognise

  4. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is

  5. Never send money to someone you’ve never met

  6. Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you

  7. Don’t be rushed – you never need to make a decision straight away and if you feel pressured say “no”

  8. Suspect a scam? Hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line or use another phone to call

  9. Report the scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service online or by phone on 03454 04 05 06. They will give you advice on what to do next and report the scam to Trading Standards.

  10. You can also report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Remember, break the silence – speak out about scams. The more they are reported, the more can be done about them.