Take Five is a national campaign that offers straightforward, impartial advice to help protect users from financial fraud. Take Five gives guidance relating to email, phone-based, and online fraud - particularly where criminals pose as trusted organisations.
Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend countless hours researching and planning so that they have a better chance of scamming you.
Before you proceed with any sort of payment, stop and think. It could save you a lot of money.
Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.