Fraudsters are using more sophisticated methods to take advantage of vulnerable Brits.

The internet is awash with fake websites while our mobile phones are targeted by con artists who unleash believable scam texts and fake calls.

The Covid pandemic has given crooks a new way of emptying victims’ bank account by exploiting the vaccine rollout or the Government’s support packages for struggling businesses.

An explosion in online shopping has also given fraudsters another way of draining their victim’s savings.

The latest data from banking industry body UK Finance has revealed that losses to fraud rose by another 30 pc to almost £754 million in the first six months of 2021.

This means fraudsters are pocketing an eye-watering £4million every day.

These are the top 10 tricks scammers use and how you can detect them.

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Copycat cons

A fraudster will pretend to be from a trusted organisation, such as a delivery firm, the tax office or internet provider.

They will claim they owe their victim money and will trick them into handing over personal details that can be used in a fraud.

They may ask their victim to make a payment to release the cash or move money.

Some crooks will clone the number or sender ID of a trust organisation which will be displayed on your phone – the practice is called ‘spoofing’.

The targeted victim will receive an urgent request…

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