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The different types of scams to look out for

Criminals are constantly looking at different ways to scam people out of their hard earned money.

From traditional face to face fraud to fraud carried out by someone anonymously online there’s a variety of ways that criminals can take advantage.

Scams carried out by criminals are ever evolving and often involve current circumstances such as the current Cost of Living Crisis.

The advances in technology that enable us to carry out more activities easily are also frequently exploited by scammers.

It’s therefore important to be aware of the current types of scams around you and what you can do to prevent becoming a victim of fraud.

The Metropolitan Police in partnership with Take Five (a national campaign set up to offer impartial advice on how to prevent fraud) have put together a booklet to make you aware of the latest and most prolific scams.

This booklet will help you to identify potential scams and help prevent the loss of your valuable data and belongings, it also gives advice on what to do if you unfortunately become a victim of fraud.

The Little Book of Big Scams can be viewed here

For more information on the types of scams and how to protect yourself from fraudulent activities visit

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, get in touch with Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.