An Update From Advanced Accountancy
Sadly, fraudsters are taking advantage of the current situation and we’re seeing more attempted scams. Here are some tips on spotting common ones and how to stay safe, along with what we’re doing to help.
Stay safe from these common scams
Double check the identity of who you’re paying
Fraudsters may contact you pretending to be your bank, HMRC, the police or a utilities company, asking you to transfer money or give them information. If you get an unexpected message or call like this, hang up. Google the organisation’s official number and call them directly.
Fraudsters will tell you there’s a problem with your account or threaten legal action if you don’t pay fast. They are professionals and can sound very convincing. Fraudsters can also fake phone numbers and make their emails look legitimate, so always contact companies directly to check.
Don’t rush into a payment
An organisation you trust will never pressure you into making a payment or taking out a loan, especially over the phone. If someone’s doing that, they’re almost certainly a fraudster.
If you’re not sure, speak to a friend or family member, or chat to us. Fraudsters will try to rush you by threatening ‘legal action’, or telling you that your account is ‘at risk’.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
If you’re being offered something very cheaply over social media, it’s probably a scam. Buy from a trusted merchant where you can check verified reviews, and where you can pay by card.
Similarly, legitimate investments don’t happen over social media, and will never guarantee profits. Check if a company’s registered with the FCA before investing.
We’re also seeing more coronavirus scams, like fake texts from HMRC offering money as a ‘goodwill payment’, or from the government offering ‘tax relief’. These are scams, so always check official sites before clicking on any links!
Share this with your friends and family so they can stay safe.
If you have any doubts about any communication you have received please get in touch with us on 01384 271858 or email us at Enquiries@Advancedaccountancy.co.uk