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Take Five to Stop Fraud

Fraud week -13th-17th September 2021


Fraud poses a major threat to the UK. It’s a crime that the finance industry is committed to tackling, but it’s also one that requires the combined efforts of every sector, both public and private, to overcome.


These crimes can have a devastating impact on victims. Advanced security systems and innovations in which the finance industry invests to protect customers stopped more than £1.8 billion of unauthorised fraud. But despite this, criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams in 2019.


Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.


Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.


Stop


Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.


Challenge


Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.


Protect


Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.


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