Worried you've been scammed?
If you think you've been scammed, follow this checklist:
- If you've already responded to a scam, end all further communication immediately - do not reply to any messages or texts.
- Report the scam to the police through Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or report a scam anonymously on the Action Fraud website.
- If you need further help, go to the Citizens Advice website, or call their Scams Action helpline on 0808 250 5050.
Here's how you can report scams
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) sets out a number of different ways to report scams depending on the type:
- Email scams. If you get a dodgy looking email, you can report it to the NCSC. Remember not to click on any links within these emails. Remember not to click on any links within these emails. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Text scams. If you get a suspicious text message, you can forward it to the number 7726 – this will allow your provider to track the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender if it's a scam. You can also report scam text messages to email@example.com by providing a screenshot of the text message.
- Website scams. If you notice a website that doesn't look quite right, you can report the website address to the NCSC using this online form.
- Scam adverts. These can currently be reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) through its online form.