Are you ready for whatever the fraudsters have up their sleeves?
Understanding the art of deception
We've teamed up with professional magician Troy von Scheibner to see what fraud scams have in common with an illusionist'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 fool 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 fooled. Check out the video to see what happened when we hit the streets with Troy.
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Look for the padlock sign on the top left of the webpage. The padlock gives you confidence that your connection is secure and can’t be intercepted. Make sure it’s there when entering personal and bank details to make a payment. However, this symbol doesn’t mean the website you’re making a payment to is safe. You’ll also need to look at the web address to help identify fraudulent sites.
Watch out for:
- subtle misspellings
- additional words or characters
- other irregularities
When buying online, only use secure ways to pay, such as a debit or credit card
You should also check the cancellations and returns policies before you buy.
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