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When you learn what scam flags are you can protect both yourself, and those that you care about, from scammers.
But it’s important to know what to do if you think you (or someone you know) has been exposed to a scam.

What are scam flags?

This incredibly useful Stop! Think Fraud site – supporting the UK Government’s National Campaign Against Fraud – gives lots of handy advice on how to spot a fraud, protect yourself, and much more.

Take Five is run by the banking and finance industry body and contains advice on how to prevent scams, including details of the most common types of scam you should look out for.

Victim Support is a national charity that offers independent, free and confidential advice and support to victims of crime, including scams. You can find out more about their services via their regional websites: England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

Citizens Advice offers a lot of guidance online, as well as a helpline for support on scams, including how to check if you think something might be a scam.

If you’ve been scammed, defrauded, or experienced cyber-crime, report it to Action Fraud, the police reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime in England, Wales and Northen Ireland, online, or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, all reports of fraud and any other financial crime should be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101.

If you’ve lost money or you think a fraudster has access to your bank account, tell your bank or payment service provider as soon as possible. Always contact them directly using a known email or phone number, such as the ones shown on their website, or call 159.

If you’ve experienced a scam across any social media platform, you can report it directly to the platform, by visiting the platform’s ‘Help’ or ‘Support’ section, and searching ‘report’ – all sites have easy to find ways to report scams. You can use these direct platform links to report scams:

If you’ve seen or been affected by online scam ads newspaper websites, paid-for search engine ads, or ads appearing on social media, you can report the site to the Advertising Standards Authority.

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