New research from the Office of Fair Trading warns Scottish consumers of the most common types of consumer scam hitting Scotland.
are the most common scams responded to in Scotland (27%), followed by (26%) and advance fee scams (19%). In the rest of Britain, people are most likely to respond to a or sweepstake mailing scam.
The figures also show that 15% of those people in Scotland who have responded to a scam acted in response to slimming scams or health cures, more than double that elsewhere in Great Britain (six per cent). These types of scams seek to part consumers from their cash by offering miraculous health or slimming cures.
The new statistics have been issued today as part of Scamnesty, the OFT’s month-long scams awareness initiative.
Office of Fair Trading (OFT) consumer advice to beat the scammers
To help protect yourself and those you care about, the OFT is encouraging people to remember the following tips:
- Stop, think and be sceptical. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Do not be rushed into sending off money to someone you do not know, however plausible they might sound and even where an approach is personalised.
- Take advice from your doctor or a reputable health professional before using any health remedy or slimming product.
- Think about how much money you could lose from replying to a potential scam – it’s not a gamble worth taking.
- If you are unsure of an offer, speak to family or friends and seek advice from Consumer Direct before sending any money or giving out any banking or credit card details.
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