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Falling victim to a scam can be devastating, both financially and emotionally.

Unfortunately, fraudsters are coming up with a growing number of ways to try to part us from our cash as the cost of living soars, and these often appear totally credible. According to latest figures from UK Finance, there were 1.4m cases of fraud in the first half of 2023, with criminals stealing £580m from consumers.

Here’s our rundown of some of the different types of scams currently doing the rounds, and what you can do about them.

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Trending scams at the moment

These scams are making the rounds at the moment, so be extra wary of them.

Booking.com scam

Booking.com customers have been warned by a cybersecurity firm that scammers are paying to steal their account details on the dark web. Scammers are specifically focused on customers of hotels that are signed up to use the site’s services. They are sending phishing emails to customers that state payment information is required immediately to secure reservations. Since March this year, holidaymakers from a wide range of countries including the UK, US, Italy and Portugal have stated online that they have been a victim of fraud through Booking.com.

What you can do: Be cautious of unsolicited emails or messages, especially those claiming to be from hotels or service providers. Go directly to the hotel through known contact methods before taking any action. Avoid clicking on suspicious links, particularly those received through emails or messages, to prevent malware downloads.

Fake online shopping sites

Shoppers seeking online bargains in the run up to Black Friday and Christmas are being targeted by scammers who have built fake websites for some of the most popular brands, such as Cath Kidston. These scammers are also paying for Facebook and Instagram ads to target social media shoppers who are fans of particular brands, with ads such as ‘90% off your [insert favourite brand] here’. These sites look and feel exactly like the brand they are pretending to be, but on close inspection you’ll find the website addresses and email aren’t correct. You also may be encouraged to buy an item as quickly as possible, and to spend more money.

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