Background of London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom


United Kingdom

🚨 High Rise Selling

πŸ’¬ A scam in which a con artist will claim to be selling items from a high rise flat or apartment. Usually the items sold are worthless, and the buyer is asked to pay a large fee before they can receive the item.

πŸ’‘ Always be skeptical when dealing with someone who is selling items from a high rise flat or apartment. Make sure to check the item’s value before handing over any money, and never pay until you've actually received the item.

🚨 Advance Fee Fraud

πŸ’¬ A scam in which the victim is promised a large sum of money in return for payment of an 'upfront' fee. The money promised is usually never received and the victim is tricked into parting with their money.

πŸ’‘ Never wire money to someone you do not know or trust. Always ask for references before making any sort of payment, and verify that all information is legitimate before sending any money.

🚨 Lottery Scam

πŸ’¬ When victims receive a fake letter or phone call claiming they have won a large amount of money in a lottery which requires money to process the winnings or receive the prize.

πŸ’‘ Do not respond to such letters or phone calls and never pay money in order to collect a prize. In the UK, you need a lottery ticket in order to win an official lottery and no fees are ever needed to be paid in order to receive winnings.

🚨 Fake Charities

πŸ’¬ The establishment of fake charities in order to scam people out of their money. Victims are asked for donations to a charity for a cause and are usually required to pay a fee.

πŸ’‘ Be cautious when donating money to a charity and always check the validity of the charity before making any donations. If you're not sure, contact the charity commission or other organisations to find out if the charity is trustworthy.

🚨 Identity Theft

πŸ’¬ In this scam a criminal will attempt to gain access to a victim's personal details and use them to steal money or commit other fraudulent activities.

πŸ’‘ Always be wary of giving out sensitive information such as bank details, passwords, or any other type of confidential information. Be mindful of who you give this information to, and if you're ever asked for such information, be sure to double check the validity of the request before doing so.

🚨 Phone Thiefs

πŸ’¬ Youngsters ride around town on bikes/motorcycles looking for tourists who might be distracted, or not that well aware of their surroundings while being on their phone and will snatch it out of their hand while driving by them.

πŸ’‘ Don't walk around town with your face in your phone, don't look too touristy or confused, hold your phone with a stronger grip.

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