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Understanding the art of deception
We've teamed up with professional magician Troy von Scheibner to see what fraud scams have in common with a magician’s tricks.
As a professional magician, Troy's aim is to entertain using a specialist set of skills. However, these techniques can also be used by fraudsters to trick people.
Fraudsters are playing mind games on us, designed to gain our trust and pressure us into handing over personal and financial information. But, by understanding how their tricks work, we can make sure we don’t get caught out. Check out the video to see what happened when we hit the streets with Troy.
Remember, there are things we will never ask for, such as:
the transfer of funds to a different account for 'safekeeping‘
one-time passcodes either generated securely or sent by email or text
online banking details
your card’s 4-digit PIN
your credit or debit cards, cheque books or cash
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