Take_Five_Fraud.JPGWest Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting a major new campaign designed to tackle financial fraud.

The campaign -; Take Fraud -; aims to put consumers and businesses back in control with straight-forward advice to help prevent financial fraud and encourage people to take a moment.   It is designed to remind people that it pays to ‘stop and think’.

Take Five is the first national campaign to be backed by call the major banks and other financial service providers across the UK.

Giving her support to the Take Five, MP Rosie said:

“Financial Fraud can affect anyone and often has devastating consequences.  With news that incidences of fraud are increasing, it’s time for action.  That’s why the Take Five campaign is so important and why I am supporting its aims.  I am urging everyone in West Lancashire to take and moment and help take back control.”

Katy Worobec, FFA UK said:

“The industry is already taking action on fraud, last year our members stopped £7 in every £10 of fraud taking place.  However, we know that criminals are getting increasingly sophisticated in their tactics and that’s why we are launching Take Five.  We want everyone to take a moment to pause and help stop fraud.”

The campaign is asking people to help protect themselves from financial fraud by remembering some simple advice:

  1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN and full password -; it’s never OK to reveal details.

  2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine -; people aren’t always who they say they are

  3. Don’t be rushed -; a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think

  4. Listen to your instincts -; if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it

  5. Stay in control -; have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information

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