TAKE five to protect yourself from fraud – that’s the message from a national campaign backed by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Take Five to Stop Fraud Week runs from Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26 and aims to offer advice to help everyone protect themselves from financial fraud.

It also urges people to stop and consider if the situation is genuine.

Sergeant Dawn Fencott-Price, from Dyfed-Powys Police’s Crime and Harm Reduction Unit, said: “By supporting Take Five Week, we would like people to understand one simple idea – if they’re at all unsure about who is contacting them, they shouldn’t give out their personal or financial details, click on a link or give someone their money.

“By using the memorable phrase ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’ people can confidently and quickly shut down unsolicited approaches if they have any doubts about their legitimacy.

“We are also asking people to remember the following three points:

  1. A genuine bank or organisations will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.”

During Take Five Week, people are being challenged to take the Too Smart to be Scammed? quiz to get them thinking about financial fraud and how to spot scams. The quiz is available here: https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/takethetest/

Take Five Week is led by Financial Fraud Action UK and the UK Government, backed by the banking industry. For more information visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

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