Citizens Advice want you to be scam aware. Positive steps taken by campaigners, Trading Standards, police agencies and insolvency professionals can help bring these fraudsters to task and strip them of their ill gotten gains. Collaborative working and sharing information can bring these scams to the public's attention and help everyone be informed of the latest ways fraudsters will try to take your money
Most consumers know deep down what separates a competitive deal from a far-fetched one, the genuine from the nuisance or hostile. Unfortunately it’s part of the scammer’s job to override this protective field of scepticism. Their aim is to lure, panic, bully, shame consumers into impulsive acts. Students of this area of applied psychology call it social engineering. Social engineering causes us to hand over personal or financial information, or spend tens, hundreds even thousands of pounds seeking jobs, homes, holidays and investments that never materialise.