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Amongst the many Scams circulating at the moment , many of which we have focused on in previous messages, there are two current frauds you should be aware of.


Fraudsters are sending out very authentic looking phishing emails using PayPal’s logo and style. There have been 3 principal messages going around as follows:

  • Confirm your email
  • A new phone number has been added to your account
  • Your account has been suspended

The emails look as though they have come from an authentic PayPal email address but on closer inspection there is a jumble of letters which cover up an address and, as ever, there will be the inevitable spelling errors.

Do not click on any links asking you to Log in to PayPal and forward the email to 



With soaring Energy bills, it is inevitable that scammers with be out to exploit the public with too good to be true offers.

These may vary from fake Government Grants to tempting fake energy bill refunds.

Always check these emails for phoney email addresses, spelling and grammatical errors and if in doubt check with your energy supplier using the phone numbers on your latest energy bi


Take Five To Stop Fraud 

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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