10 scams Norfolk needs to watch out for
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With the arrest of four people in relation to scams involving calls from people pretending to be IT support staff here are 10 scams that are trying to trap the people of Norfolk.
1. Phishing. Emails and harmful links sent by fraudsters to get people to send personal information are still convincing victims they are real.
2. Job scams. These scams include taking money to write CVs or to carry out pointless checks or training that does not exist, while some scams offer completely fake jobs.
3. Ticket scams. People buy tickets for events or shows that may have already sold out or before the event has been announced or may even receive fake tickets.
4. Free trial. Responders to adds for free trials will have to provide bank account details to cover a delivery charge but in the terms and conditions these are monthly payments.
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5. Fake Lottery. These scams get posted through the victim's door and claim that they have won the lottery, all they need to do is supply their bank details to receive the money.
6. Broken Computer. The scammers declare that they have detected a fault with their target's PC to trick them into giving them control before demanding a fee to fix.
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7. Doorbell Distraction. Scammers will enter a victim's home by claiming to be a work person or sales rep but when the target's back is turned they steal expensive possessions.
8. Fake investments. This scam makes the victim believe that they are investing in a great new business over the phone when actually they are just taking their money.
9. The fake family scam. A random long lost family member has died and wants to leave millions to you or a local church but they will need your bank details.
10. Fake order payments. These emails say you have ordered an item from an online retailer but when you click the link it asks for your card details to cancel it.