A scam is a dishonest plan to make money by deceit. There are many scams around, and it's important that you keep an eye out for them. Trust your instincts – if it seems too good to be true, chances are it is. And remember that information shared over the internet may not be true and should be verified.
The internet has opened up many new ways for criminals to defraud innocent people – these are the most common scams we see.
Has anyone called you asking for your PIN number, or taken your card 'out the back' when you're paying for something?
Fraudulent use of your identity to gain access to your bank account or other financial services.
Inheritance, lottery and charity scams involve contact by email, phone or letter to try to get money from you.