Below we have listed some of the most frequently reported email, text, phone and cyber scams affecting Scottish consumers, along with general advice for avoiding scams.
Find out more about specific types of scams, such as doorstep scams, energy scams or the sale of counterfeit goods online through our Priority Area pages
Report suspicious behaviour in your community to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency
Report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website.
Scam emails should be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre via their new Suspicious Email Reporting Service. In the first two weeks of the service, 160,000 phishing emails were reported, leading to 300 scam websites being taken down.
We have listed some of the most common email, phone, text and cyber scams reported by Scottish consumers. Click on the scams below to find out more about them and how to avoid them.
General Advice for Avoiding Scams
Amazon Prime Scams
Council Tax Scams
Phone Provider Scams
Streaming Service Scams
TV Licence Scams
Warranty and Insurance Scams
Bank Mandate Fraud