eBay backed Get Safe Online are working with the Office of Fair Trading to promote Scams Awareness Month, which aims to educate users on how to stay safe and secure online.
Get Safe Online told us “With the credit crunch biting we’re seeing a rise in the number of internet scams as fraudsters attempt to prey on people’s money worries.” 23% of UK internet users say that they, or their close friends and family, have fallen victim to phishing scams in the last year which is a sobering figure compared to 8% of the previous year.
The Consumer Direct website details many of the most common scams and how to recognise and avoid them.
Get Safe Online also have four sets of top tips to avoid being scammed – Avoid online rip-offs, Using online auctions safely, Don’t let conmen trick you and Don’t fall for advance fee fraud.
At the end of the day it all comes down to common sense and the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.