Scammers, fraudsters and other criminals are continually developing new ways to con people out of their money or property, and vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those with learning difficulties, are particularly at risk.
Cyber-crime, ecrime and online scams are increasingly replacing phone, post and doorstep scams as the criminals' weapons of choice, although these traditional methods are still widely-used and many people still fall victim to them.
Protecting yourself from these scams can be hard - even people who are usually internet-savvy, cautious and sceptical can still fall victim to elaborate scams or well-crafted, convincing-looking phishing emails - but by exercising caution, vigilance and a healthy degree of scepticism, it can be achieved.
Staying abreast of the latest scams, frauds and methods used is an important way of helping to ensure that you don't fall-foul of the scammers. Forewarned is forearmed.
On this website you can find the latest scam warnings and alerts from Action Fraud, the National Crime Agency, Trading Standards eCrime Team and other sources. You'll also find advice and resources to help you protect yourself from scams, and information about how to report a scam if you do become a victim of one.