We have had a couple of calls into the advice line regarding U3As who have experienced financial related scams.
One of these involved a degree of sophistication whereby the email seemingly came from a hotel where the U3A was due to hold an event resulting in the U3A making their payment to a fraudulent account. Another U3A received an email via its website also requesting a payment which they did not make.
Please be vigilant in respect of any requests for payment that come via email and double check that these have been sent from the appropriate source before making any payments.
Fraud and scams
The Metropolitan Police Service FALCON unit (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) have created resources which are freely available to the public to assist in raising awareness about Scams and Fraud.
Available for download for free are:
- Little Book of Big Scams (3rd Edition) (4th Edition is now available)
- Little Book of Cyber Scams
- Little Leaflet of Cyber Mistakes
There are also 5 short animated videos to help raise awareness with regards to defending yourself against online crime:
In the next few weeks, five more will be released including Computer Software Fraud, Payment Fraud and Romance Fraud and Money.