Common scams include bogus competitions, lotteries, clairvoyants and business directories. We aim to provide information to enable the public to recognise such scams and avoid becoming a victim.
There are many different types of scam but all try to get you to pay a small amount of money for the chance of getting a lot of money back.
There is one simple question you need to ask: 'Is this too good to be true?'
For information about identify theft scams or money and finance scams, please follow the links.
Some junk mail is sent just to get your name and address, this is valuable information and lists of people who reply to junk mail are bought and sold around the world. So if you reply to one letter you will get loads more.
You can stop most junk mail and unwanted telephone calls by registering for free with the Mail Preference Service (MPS) and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The MPS and TPS share the same website. You can register on-line and can also register your older relatives.