Victim Support is backing a new campaign by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) designed to tackle financial fraud.

The campaign – Take Five – aims to empower the public, putting them back in control with advice on preventing financial fraud and encouraging them to take a moment to “stop and think”.

Take Five is the first national campaign to be backed by all the major banks and other financial service providers in the UK. It is also being supported by Neighbourhood Watch, Cifas and National Trading Standards.

Neil Masters, National Lead for Fraud and Cybercrime at Victim Support, said: “Financial fraud can affect anyone and the impact can be devastating for victims – both emotionally and financially. It’s important that people have the advice and support available to protect themselves from fraud, and that’s why we’re supporting Take Five’s campaign. We urge everyone to take a moment and think about the situation to help prevent fraud.

“Anyone who has experienced fraud can contact Victim Support for help. Our support is free, confidential and continues for as long as it takes to recover from the crime.”

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 think to help stop fraud.”

The Take Five campaign is asking people to help protect themselves by remembering five simple tips:

  1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never okay to reveal these 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.

If you’ve experienced fraud, it’s important remember that you’re not to blame. You can contact Victim Support for free and confidential help by calling our free Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 or through our website.

Need further advice on protecting yourself from fraud? Take a look at our top five tips.