We’re pleased to be supporting Take Five to Stop Fraud – a national campaign that offers advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud.

It helps people spot scams and urges people to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to Take Five minutes and think if what you’re being told really makes sense.

Take Five to Stop Fraud Week runs from Monday 22 to Friday 26 January and will see the banking industry come together to tackle financial fraud, alongside Government, commercial companies, public bodies and third sector organisations.

The campaign is led by Financial Fraud Action UK and the UK Government, backed by the banking industry.

Key advice from the campaign includes:

A genuine bank or organisations will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

For more information on the campaign visit www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk