Frauds and Scams

Protect your business against frauds and scams, by making you aware of the most common types of each.


Increasing numbers of frauds and illegal scams are directed at small companies and individuals. Greater use of the Internet is one reason for this increase, although it is not the only factor.

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) provides advice on a range of technology-based frauds. It recognises that improved technology has aided the development of new frauds whilst existing frauds have been adapted to exploit these improved technologies. Some common frauds include:

  • Telemarketing frauds
  • Advanced Fee frauds
  • Lottery scams
  • False billing
  • Financial fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Phishing

These examples are not restricted to technology-based issues but they do rely on remote communication to further their aims.

For up to date advice on this subject, you may wish to visit the Citizens Advice Bureau.

This feature is for: any business wanting to increase its awareness about common frauds and scams.

It covers: many different kinds of frauds and scams, and how to react if you experience one of them.

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