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Contacted out of the blue

Scammers rely on catching you off guard. And the best way to stop them is to be prepared. Out of the blue scams, as the name suggests, come out of nowhere and encourage you to do something – give up your details or visit a fake webpage – before you’ve had time to think. Read all about different types of out of the blue scams on this page, including tips on what to look out for and what to do if you think you’ve been targeted.

Stop the scammers

  • Stop

    If something looks suspicious, the best thing to do is nothing. Don't click or select links, give any details or do what it wants you to do. Instead, look online for the company’s official details and contact them direct.

  • Challenge

    If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. When something doesn't feel right, stop and think about who is asking you to do it and why.

  • Protect

    The number one way to stop scammers is by making sure your password and security settings are strong, updated regularly and available to you alone.

Types of scams

What to do if I've been scammed

If you think you've uncovered a scam, been targeted by a scam or fallen victim to fraudsters, the best thing to do is act quickly.

I think I've been scammed

Useful links

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

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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