How to avoid online scams in the UK

How to avoid online scams in the UK

  • Is the offer too good to be true? Does it offer a profit in less than a week? That's what scammers do!
  • What does it say at the bottom of the web page? Are there any disclaimers or warnings?
  • Check the address and see if you can verify it on Google Maps (Google send a postcard to businesses as a verification method to check their addresses)
  • Check for a company registration number on the website, this is a legal requirement in the UK
  • Double-check the domain name

 carefully and ensure that the last part is correct. Scammers often use domains like halifax-bank.otherdomain.com to confuse people
  • Never pay by bank or wire transfer


  • Email the website in advance and check that you are connecting to the right people
  • Check the returns and privacy polic
ies and the terms and conditions
  • Beware of online reviews - many scammers start out by populating Trustpilot and making fake review sites
  • Look for a padlock
 or https at the front of the address in the address bar to ensure a proper certificate is encoding the website traffic for security
  • Check the FCA website for information about any company asking for money or selling investments
  • Microsoft Edge has a good response to reported fraud - much better (in our experience and opinion) than Google Chrome who never blacklist their own Google sites even if they are reported and sell a lot of advertising space to scammers
  • Never trust an advert (in our opinion) on FaceBook or Twitter or any other social network
  • Never trust (in our opinion) a video ad on one of the video sharing platforms

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