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Protect your Finances in 2019

Jan 10, 2019

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In the first half of 2018, losses due to unauthorised financial fraud on payment cards, remote banking and cheques fell by 2% to £358 million but the number of cases rose to over 1 million. The threat of financial fraud remains high and you need to remain vigilant and stay safe with your financial information.

Recent data from UK Finance shows that despite financial losses falling to £358 million in the first half of 2018, there were 1,036.367 million fraud cases – up 10% from the same period in 2017. Many scam figures also increased - authorised push payment scams were up 44% from 2017 and remote purchase fraud increased 3%.

However, fraud on debit, charge and ATM-only cards fell 2% to £281.2 million.

How can you protect yourself?

Criminals use personal and financial information stolen from customers via computer hacking, viruses and malware. They can also impersonate staff from financial services so they can target victims directly.

My-MoneyThe Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign helps you understand the most common scams so you can protect yourself.  It provides 7 points of advice.

Take Five to Stop Fraud Advice:

1. Requests to move money - A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

2. Clicking on links/files - Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

3. Personal information - Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

4. Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic - Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), doesn’t mean they are genuine.

5. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision - Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

6. Listen to your instincts - If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.  Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home.

7. Stay in control - Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations, but it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

Take Five to Stop Fraud provide a range of advice on everything on popular scams today.

Visit https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

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