Register with the Telephone preference Service (TPS)
A free service. It is the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. To register: Tel 0800 398893 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk.
Register with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS)
A free service enabling consumers to have their names and home addresses in the UK removed from mailing lists used by the industry. To register: Tel: 0207 2913300 or web: www.mpsonline.org.uk.
You can choose whether or not to have your personal details included in the open (edited) register which can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing. Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/electoral-register.
An internet based search tool to find people. Personal details can be removed from the web site listings by completing the form reference CO1. This can be found at www.192.com then going via the ‘help button’ to ‘the removal of personal details’.
‘Opt out’ Services
Companies may pass on your personal details to other companies unless you ‘opt out’. Carefully read all the terms and conditions to ensure your details are not forwarded without your consent.
Ten Top Tips
Reporting a Scam
If you think you have been targeted by fraudsters, it is important that you report the crime.
Keep all evidence that may be important, letters, emails, list of transactions.
If a fraudster has taken money from your bank account or used your debit card or credit card you should call your bank immediately.
Often friends and family who have been scammed don’t like to admit what is happening, it is important to raise awareness to keep them vigilant and safe.
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.
www.actionfraud.police.uk 0300 123 2040
Further information on specific scams can be accessed below:
Scams often have similar features that may alert you to the fact that they are not genuine.
You are asked for money up front to pay unexpected fees (such as customs) before your 'prize' can be released.
You are asked to provide your bank account, credit card details or other sensitive personal information.
You are put under pressure to reply immediately or the money will be given to someone else.
You are given some of your personal details in an effort to make you believe they are genuine.
Do you have to ring a premium rate number (one starting with 09)
Was the offer unsolicited?
Are you being asked to keep the offer a secret?
They may also offer you something for nothing, such as:
Exclusive entry into a scheme that’s a sure way to make money
The chance to join an investment scheme that will make huge amounts of money
The winning prize from a draw or lottery you haven’t even entered
Advertising opportunities in publications that don’t exist.
How scammers will succeed?
Catch you unawares, contacting you, without you asking them to, by phone, e mail post or in person.
Look or sound pleasant, well spoken and knowledgeable, they may be kind and want you to think they’re your friend
Use professional leaflets
Be persistent and rush you into a decision
Ask you to send money before you receive their tempting prize, win or offer
What should you do if you think or suspect you, a friend or relative has been scammed?
Keep all evidence that may be important, letters, e mails, diary of calls and list of any transactions.
Often friends and family who have been scammed don’t like to admit it’s happening, it’s important to raise awareness to keep them vigilant and safe.