We are proud to be supporting the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign this Take Five Week. Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police so it can be difficult to spot scam texts, emails and phone calls.
However, there are things we can all do to protect ourselves. As Brits we aren’t renowned for being direct – new research from Take Five reveals 92% of Brits have said ‘yes’ because they don’t want to appear rude saying ‘no’. However, Take Five is warning that when it comes to fraudsters, being indirect could have serious financial and emotional consequences. If someone contacts you asking for your personal or financial information it’s important to say ‘no’. It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
This Take Five Week, we encourage you to perfect the art of saying ‘no’ by making sure you Stop, Challenge, Protect.
Fraud comes in many different forms, and absolutely anyone can be a victim.
Fraudsters aim to trick individuals into giving away cash, bank details or other personal information.
Here at East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) we run the FraudWatch project.
The project is designed to encourage charity staff and local communities to think, and Take Five. While remembering to Stop, Challenge and Protect.
You can find out more about the FraudWatch project on our website.
As part of Take Five week we will be posting regularly on the FraudWatch social media channels, be sure to interact and share these posts.