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Scams are designed to trick you, or the person you are caring for, into giving away money or personal details. 

Scams are constantly changing and come in many forms, such as mail, email, telephone, website links and from visitors to your home. 

Scammers may try to deceive with promises of prizes, free money, discounted goods and other enticements. Another common ploy is to try to scare people by saying that there’s something wrong with their account, or that their money is at risk.

Talk to the person you care for about avoiding scams

Talk to the person you care for so they are aware of scams and fraud and how to avoid them.

A great guide to help you do this is the Little Book of Big Scams. This regularly updated guide includes clear advice about how to avoid scams. You can find the most up to date version of the Little Book of Big Scams on Barclays Bank Plc.


  • Never send money, give credit card, debit card, bank account or other personal details to anyone who makes unexpected offers or requests for information 
  • Never share your card PIN with anyone and never enter it into a telephone 

Find out more

Barclays Bank Plc have a lot of information about how to help protect yourself from fraud.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) can help you protect yourself from scams, and complaints and compensation.

You can also find out more about online scams on Get Safe Online.

Thank you to Barclays Bank Plc for helping us write this page. Some of this information is also included in their guide to Becoming a carer available on their Carers’ forum page. 

​Next update due: June 2017