What is a scam?
A scam involves a criminal tricking you into giving them money, or access to your personal details so they can pretend to be you. Scammers, fraudsters and bogus callers are all criminals.
It is important to be ScamWise, see the link below for more information around the various types of scams:
How to spot a scam
Students are most likely to be targeted through online scams, such as emails or social media. See the links below for more information on how to spot scams and more.
If you have ever seen adverts online, received emails, Snapchats or Instagram messages detailing how you can make quick money by working from home, performing a few simple tasks, or sending money from one account to another.
This is a typical money mule scam and is to be avoided at all costs.
Money Mules are used to launder money that has been illegally gained through various criminal activity. It is passed from bank account to bank account in a bid to hide the source where it came from.
The money is often moved to other criminals who use the funds for more illegal activities.
Anyone who helps move such funds could have their bank account shut down, and face the potential of criminal charges.
Check out the links below to ensure you know how to spot a money mule scam, how to avoid them and the consequences of taking part in such a scam.
What steps can you take now?
If you receive a spam text message, forward it to 7726 to help your network to investigate, block and reduce the number of spam messages circulating.
If you experience nuisance calls, you can block these on your mobile phone.
You can also register your landline and mobile numbers with the Telephone Preference Service, to 'opt out' of live sales and marketing calls. This service is free and it's quick to register a phone number.