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July is Scams Awareness Month, a project by Citizen’s Advice and The Chartered Trading Standards Institute to promote awareness of scams among consumers; on a theme of ‘Don’t Be Rushed, Don’t Be Hushed’.
Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can arrive by post, phone call, text message or email or a scammer may turn up at your home.
It could be a scam if:
the call, letter, email or text has come out of the blue
you’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and didn’t buy a ticket
you are asked to send money in advance
you are told you have to respond quickly so I don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends before you decide
you are told to keep it a secret.