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Join us in Taking Five to Stop Fraud!

At the City of London Police we’re committed to tackling financial fraud and scams. That’s why we’re a proud supporter of Take Five to Stop Fraud – a national campaign that gives you simple advice on how you can stay safe from fraudsters.

This week, (22-26 January) is Take Five to Stop Fraud Week. We are joining the banking industry, the UK Government and other commercial, public and third sector organisations to help people protect themselves from financial fraud.

We’ll be joining other organisations in Taking Five to tell our customers/colleagues how they can protect themselves and how to spot scams. We’ll be reminding everyone that if anyone is asking for your personal or financial details then they should remember: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’.

You can help by taking five to tell five. This week, we’d like everyone to spend five minutes to tell five people – your friends, family, neighbours – about how they can protect themselves from fraud and scams. That way we can spread the message far and wide.

Why are we asking people to Take Five?

Criminals operate sophisticated scams that can catch out even savvy consumers. But, there is a simple way to protect yourself from fraud. This starts with taking five and remembering a simple memorable phrase: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’. If you’re at all unsure, don’t give out your details, click on a link or give anyone your money, or access to it.

Spotting common scams

Requests to move money

A genuine bank or organisation 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.

Clicking on dodgy links in emails or texts

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.

Personal information

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead of responding, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Get involved!

Tuesday 23 January is #TakeFiveTuesday, when Take Five and the City of London Police will be telling everyone in the country via our social media channels how we Take Five. We want to get people thinking about how important it is to stop and think: ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’ to avoid being pressured into giving out their details, clicking on a link or giving someone their money, or access to it. Join us on 23 January for #TakeFiveTuesday and tell us how you Take Five.

Take Five Confidence Challenge
Do you think you wouldn’t get caught out by a scammer? How about testing yourself? The ‘Too smart to be scammed?’ campaign quiz is a great way to test your financial fraud and see if you know how to spot scams. Send it to a friend to see who knows most!

However you get involved in Take Five this week, always remember – ‘ My money? My info? I don’t think so!’

City of London Police’s National Coordinator for Economic Crime, Temporary Commander Dave Clark said: “Fraud and cyber crime are the fastest growing crimes in the UK. Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre has seen a 37% increase in reports 2014-17; with 600,000 reports now received annually.

“The personal impact of fraud should not be underestimated. Many victims are too embarrassed to report, feel severely emotionally damaged and often left destitute. The Take Five National campaign is an essential tool for citizens, providing an authentic voice for heightened awareness of fraud. Protecting our public and businesses from the evils of fraud is a key priority.

“The City of London Police works with stakeholders across government, the charity sector and businesses to make the UK a hostile place for fraud through enforcement and disruption.

“If you believe you or someone you know has fallen victim to fraud, you can report it by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visiting”.

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