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Keeping yourself safe

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Fraudsters and scammers can’t stand it when you take the proper precautions to keep your money safe. That’s why they’re always having to get more creative and more sophisticated in their methods.

On this page, we’ll take a look at some of the ways these criminals try to catch you off guard, and the things you can do to keep them at bay.

Tips to stay safe

First of all, try not to be embarrassed if you’ve been caught out by a scam. It can happen to anyone. Criminals are experts at impersonating people and trusted organisations and getting you to drop your guard.

  • Stop

    Take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or personal information.

  • Challenge

    It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any request. Only criminals will try to rush you into doing something you’re not comfortable with.

  • Protect

    Contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Staying safe online

Financial and Economic abuse and fraud

You may be susceptible to financial or economical abuse if someone is controlling your money. This type of abuse involves the control of money, finances, and things that money can buy, such as clothing, transport, food, and a place to live.

It might involve:

  • Withholding money from you
  • Restricting your access to statements
  • Stopping you from accessing your money
  • Preventing you from using your credit card
  • Preventing you from removing your name from a joint account you can’t access.

To find out more about financial abuse and how it could impact you, download the UK Finance - It's your money guide.

Useful links

Here are some other official websites and resources dedicated to keeping you safe from fraud.

Need more help?

Call us

If you need more help one of our friendly members of staff would be happy to assist.

0345 8500 469

Take Five to stop fraud

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud.

Do you think you can tell a scam from the genuine thing? Put your ability to spot a scam to the test with the Take Five quiz.

Take Five quiz is an external website. Skipton Building Society cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

Take Five to stop fraud
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