Scam prevention resources

You can help protect your local community by raising awareness of scams. This helps people to identify when they might be at risk, and empowers them to take action.

Fraudsters are constantly coming up with new scams. Here is some information about scams we have been made aware of in the past.

Date of scam alert Scam name and link to more details Summary

20 July 2021

Rogue trader warning Doorstep callers convincing residents that their homes need repairs

13 July 2021

Undelivered parcel scams Text message or e-mail claiming to be from a parcel delivery company, asking for a fee

10 July 2021

'Matching' mobile numbers Scam calls that appear to be coming from mobile numbers similar to your own.

2 June 2021

Amazon ‘brushing’ Amazon parcels that you did not order
10 May 2021 Smishing - bogus bank Text Messages Text message saying a new payee has been added to your bank account
23 April 2021 National Insurance Phishing email Email saying your National Insurance number has been disabled
19 April 2021 Fake council home improvement texts  Text message offering home improvements and rent refund
9 April 2021 Census 2021 Scams Beware of fraudsters asking for personal details of threat of a fine
18 March 2021 Royal Mail scam text messages Messages with delivery companies asking for details and/or payment
11 March 2021 Two scams to be aware of Messages designed to steal your details or money
16 Feb 2021 Bitcoin-related investment scam Fake celebrity endorsements to lure you into an investment scam
29 Jan 2021 National Crime Agency and Parcel Force Scams  Fake calls from National Crime Agency and attempts to get payment for parcel delivery
24 Jan 2021 EE and Uber Smishing Scams Attempts to gain personal information
18 Jan 2021 Bank Phishing Text Scam  Text message saying a new payee has been added to your account

13 Jan 2021

Business Fraud: Fake Debt Recovery Scam Caller asks for business owner by name and claims they owe HMRC money

8 Jan 2021

 BT Scam Telephone Call Automated call stating that BT account will be terminated due to theft and hacking activities

4 Jan 2021

 NHS Vaccine Scam Texts Text saying you are eligible for vaccine and asking for personal details

Below are some resources which will help you to make people aware of the different types of scams.

You could:

  • print the posters and display them in community areas, churches, and schools
  • distribute materials to the most vulnerable groups in your community, and those who do not have access to the internet
  • ask local businesses which have face to face contact with the community to display posters and help spread the word, such as hairdressers and pubs

Accessibility

These resources are intended to be used by partners, some will be printed. We are aware that they are not all in an accessible format at the moment and we are working on this. If you would like any of the resources in an accessible format please contact us (Against-Scams@cambridgeshire.gov.uk).

Coronavirus/Covid-19 scams resources

Coronavirus Social Media pack1.36MBword
Size: 1.36MBFile format: word
Coronavirus Social Media pack525KBpdf
Size: 525KBFile format: pdf

Loan sharks

Stop Loan Sharks Social Media Toolkit435KBpdf
Size: 435KBFile format: pdf

General scams resources

Five Simple Steps for Community Groups to help prevent scams308KBpdf
Size: 308KBFile format: pdf
Five Simple Steps for Parish Councils306KBpdf
Size: 306KBFile format: pdf
Friends Against Scams flyer with CAPASP info on back562KBpdf
Friends Against Scams leaflet with CAPASP information on the back (PDF, 433KB)
Size: 562KBFile format: pdf
Don't become prey for a fraudster poster2.79MBpdf
Don't become prey for a fraudster - poster (PDF, 2.8MB)
Size: 2.79MBFile format: pdf
Take a Stand Against Scams poster - top 10 tips, suitable for visual impairments1.11MBpdf
Take a stand against scams - top 10 tips, suitable for visual impairments (PDF, 1.1MB)
Size: 1.11MBFile format: pdf
Take a Stand Against Scams Poster - top 10 tips420KBpdf
Take a stand against scams - top 10 tips poster (PDF, 419KB)
Size: 420KBFile format: pdf
Don't Let Your Gran Get Scammed poster161KBpdf
Don't let your gran get scammed - poster (PDF, 160KB)
Size: 161KBFile format: pdf
Think Jessica - Is your loved one snared by scammers - poster7.34MBpdf
Think Jessica - Is your loved one snared by scammers? - poster (PDF, 2.34MB)
Size: 7.34MBFile format: pdf
Thinking about renting a flat - poster158KBpdf
Thinking about renting a flat? - poster (PDF, 157KB)
Size: 158KBFile format: pdf
The Little Book of Big Scams - 3rd Edition2.68MBpdf
The Little Book of Big Scams - 3rd Edition
Size: 2.68MBFile format: pdf
The Little Book of Big Scams - 4th Edition2.45MBpdf
The Little Book of Big Scams - 4th Edition (PDF, 2.5MB)
Size: 2.45MBFile format: pdf
The Little Book of Big Scams - 5th Edition2.7MBpdf
Size: 2.7MBFile format: pdf
Scams and Rogue Trader Aide Memoire492KBpdf
Size: 492KBFile format: pdf
Scams - the power of persuasive language6.17MBpdf
Size: 6.17MBFile format: pdf
Reporting Scams Infographic290KBpdf
Size: 290KBFile format: pdf
Reporting scams accessible version216KBpdf
Size: 216KBFile format: pdf
TV licensing scams351KBpdf
Size: 351KBFile format: pdf
Your Guide to Scams following Bereavement151KBpdf
Size: 151KBFile format: pdf
Romance Fraud guidance3.63MBpdf
Size: 3.63MBFile format: pdf

Postal scams resources

Postal scams poster - top 5 tips603KBpdf
Postal scams poster - top 5 tips (PDF, 603KB)
Size: 603KBFile format: pdf
Postal scams poster - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments450KBpdf
Postal scams poster - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for people with visual impairments. (PDF, 450KB)
Size: 450KBFile format: pdf
Infographic - The Sinister Path of Scam Mail1.23MBpdf
Infographic - The Sinister Path of Scam Mail (PDF, 1.23MB)
Size: 1.23MBFile format: pdf
Think Jessica poster - scam mail is blackmail734KBpdf
Think Jessica poster - scam mail is blackmail (PDF, 734KB)
Size: 734KBFile format: pdf
Think Jessica poster - sending money to claim a prize637KBpdf
Think Jessica poster - sending money to claim a prize (PDF, 636KB)
Size: 637KBFile format: pdf

Doorstep scams resources

Beware of doorstep callers - poster363KBpdf
Beware of doorstep callers (Clive's Drive) - poster (PDF, 363KB)
Size: 363KBFile format: pdf
Doorstep scams - top 5 tips548KBpdf
Doorstep scams - top 5 tips (PDF, 547KB)
Size: 548KBFile format: pdf
Doorstep scams - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments228KBpdf
Doorstep scams - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments (PDF, 228KB)
Size: 228KBFile format: pdf
Distraction burglary information leaflet1.24MBpdf
Distraction burglary information leaflet (PDF, 1.24MB)
Size: 1.24MBFile format: pdf
Text says Warning. We do not deal with uninvited traders. Please leave and do not return. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.
Rogue trading door sticker - right click to save file.

Telephone scams resources

Little book of phone scams1MBpdf
Little book of phone scams (PDF, 1MB)
Size: 1MBFile format: pdf
Telephone scams poster - top 5 tips979KBpdf
Telephone scams poster - top 5 tips (PDF, 979KB)
Size: 979KBFile format: pdf
Telephone scams poster - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments837KBpdf
Telephone scams poster - top 5 tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments (PDF, 836KB)
Size: 837KBFile format: pdf
Nuisance calls and messages - consumer guide1.21MBpdf
Nuisance calls and messages - consumer guide (PDF 1.2MB)
Size: 1.21MBFile format: pdf
Nuisance calls and messages - easyread consumer guide934KBpdf
Nuisance calls and messages - easyread consumer guide (PDF, 934KB)
Size: 934KBFile format: pdf
Courier fraud poster980KBpdf
Courier fraud poster - fraudsters want your PIN and bank card (PDF, 980KB)
Size: 980KBFile format: pdf

Online/internet scams resources

Internet Scams Poster - 5 top tips542KBpdf
Size: 542KBFile format: pdf
Internet scams poster - 5 top tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments235KBpdf
Internet scams poster - 5 top tips, A3 version, suitable for visual impairments (PDF, 234KB)
Size: 235KBFile format: pdf
LIttle book of cyber scams - information for the general public and organisations3.16MBpdf
Little book of cyber scams - information for the general public and organisations (PDF, 3.2MB)
Size: 3.16MBFile format: pdf
Romance Fraud A5 leaflet1.3MBpdf
Size: 1.3MBFile format: pdf
Sextortion- how to protect yourself142KBpdf
Size: 142KBFile format: pdf
Nigel's Cyber Advice110KBpdf
Size: 110KBFile format: pdf