Trading Standards Scotland has launched a list of scams as Christmas approaches, urging consumers to be wary of criminals attempting to steal their hard-earned cash.
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens in the run-up to Christmas, scammers continue to target people with phishing emails, cold calls, text messages and bogus websites. Often these scams are designed to steal personal details and banking information.
TSS’s A-Z of scams begins with a warning about fraudsters posing as representatives of online shopping giant Amazon. Common techniques adopted by the scammers include recorded phone messages that the recipient’s Amazon account is due for renewal, or that their account has been hacked.
Throughout December TSS will continue to update its list, with banking scams, cold callers and delivery scams among the themes for the rest of the month.
The campaign includes fact sheets, videos and advice to consumers about what they should do if they have been the victim of a scam.
To see TSS’s A-Z of scams, click here.