This week’s Top 3 scams to look out for

We have thousands of members constantly sharing the scams they are seeing. We summarise and share them each week. Make sure you are up to date with the advice on the latest scams and how to avoid them. 

Below are the IPS members’ ‘Top 3’ on 17 November 2021.

Please share this with your friends and family to keep them aware and protected.

IPS’s Early Scam Warning System, in the news

Thank you to all the members who have contributed the scams they are experiencing with us, on our Facebook Group, website or emailing directly. It really does help us build this warning system and protect more people.

The warning system has been so effective, it has been picked up by national press.

See below some IPS scam warnings that have featured in press.

So, please do continue to share your stories and make sure you share with your family and friends so we can all stay protected together.


1 - Anti-Virus Renewal Scam

This week several members with email addresses have reporting that they have received emails from scammers posing as McAfee or Norton (for example), urging the recipient to renew their subscription urgently.  By clicking on the link, the scammers then ask for personal information or bank details.

This scam is urging the receiver to do something urgently in the hope that they won’t think about their actions and just click the link to stop their computer from being vulnerable

The scam may look like the image to the right, as it did for one IPS member.


What IPS suggests you do  

Stop and think before you do anything.  Does your McAfee or Norton protection really need updating?  Is it set to auto-renew?  Does it look like a genuine email?  If the answer is no to any of the above – delete the email.

We need your help!

We think this might be the start of a trend. If you have a email address and have received a similar email, please forward it to


Postcode Lottery

2 - People's Postcode Lottery

Fraudsters will contact you to claiming to be from the Postcode lottery, informing you that you have won a special prize.

The scammers contact members of the public by letter, email, phone call or SMS message. The scammers will then claim that their target is a winner of a special lottery award or discount shopping vouchers. The fraudsters will often then ask for payment or your bank details before they will transfer any ‘winnings’. 

“I have received several calls from somebody claiming to be from the above lottery. In each case I have been awarded a special discount card gaining me ”up to 50 percent discount ” at various places such as Tesco. In the first instance all they had to do was transfer 1 penny into my bank to activate the card. On the second occasion I had won a free flight to anywhere in Europe plus £300 plus the discount card and they wanted my bank details to deposit the money. I do have an account with the lottery and if I win they pay it into my bank without any contact. Knowing this I told the scammers what I thought of their feeble attempt to rob me. 

On both occasions I tried to call back on the number recorded on my phone and they were both unobtainable. Both now blocked. I have contacted the Lottery and given them all the information I have. They said they were grateful for my help, are aware of the scam, and are attempting to sue the perpetrators.”


What IPS suggests you do  

If you received any communication telling you have won a prize be wary especially if you are then asked for your bank details.  This scam works on the emotions of ‘winning something’ and feeling ‘special’.  Always try to confirm that prize is genuine.  The Postcode Lottery offer a free phone number – 0808 10987665 – so you can check the legitimacy of the claim.


3 - Investment Scam

The fraudster attempts to gain information about any investments hoping that the potential victim relinquishes personal and financial details. This is referred to as a ‘phishing’ scam where criminals literally ‘fish’ for information. Once obtained, these details may be used immediately to defraud funds or kept and sold on the dark web for future use.

 “I feel another scam brewing – 0122 3491 363 – I had a call from this number. A man asked me what investments I have had.  When I asked why he needed to know, he hung up.”


What IPS suggests you do

Our member’s action was correct by asking questions of the scammer. You can also ask where they obtained your contact details, what is their organisation and their contact number.

As seen by our member’s experience the call did not last that long!

Please share this with family and friends to help protect them and keep them safe from scams and fraud.

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