Diamonds, bamboo, carbon credits and wine – are all well known investment scams.
This week I was a panelist on Radio 4’s Moneybox Live, talking about financial fraud. I thought the programme would get lots of calls about card fraud, but most were from people who’d been scammed when they took out ‘investments’ such as carbon credits, diamonds and even a Mongolian coal mine. How can you spot a scam and can you get your money back if you invest?
Don’t fall for copycat websites; you could lose money
Copycat websites mimic official government sites but you’ll be charged for services you could get for free
Over the last few weeks there’s been a lot of publicity about copycat websites, especially in the run-up to the self-assessment tax deadline. Copycat websites charge you for services that you could get for free (or much cheaper) by going direct to the government agency. They typically charge for passport renewal, filing your tax return or getting a driving licence. Don’t get caught out by them!
How to keep your accounts safe and what to do if your email address is hacked.
How can you ensure your ID details stay safe and what can you do to minimise the chances of your data being stolen?
There barely seems to be a week go by without a report of hacking or theft of data. Many of the major email providers have been victims of hacking or had data stolen. What can you do to minimise the chances of valuable data being stolen if a site you sign up to is hacked and what should you do if your email address or details have been compromised?