Take Five campaign and UK banks launch first ever day of national action against financial fraud

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  • People across Northern Ireland are worried about their families falling victim to fraudsters, yet 73 percent admit they have never discussed the simple steps they can take to protect themselves and those around them from financial fraud.

    New research is being released to mark Take Five Day - the first time all the major banks along with building societies and other financial service providers have ever joined together for a national day of fraud awareness activity. Take Five Day is designed to encourage everyone to find out more about how they can protect themselves from financial fraud and takes place as official figures reveal that £755 million was lost to financial fraud across the UK in 2016[1].

    Danske Bank is opening its branches five minutes early in support of the campaign. David Allister, Senior Branch Manager at Danske, said: “Research shows that people in Northern Ireland are worried about themselves and their families falling victim to financial fraud. On Take Five Day, the banks here are encouraging everyone to talk to others and share the Take Five message - to pause and think before they respond to any financial requests or share any personal or financial details.”

    The Take Five campaign is today reminding people in Northern Ireland of the five simple steps everyone can take to protect themselves from financial fraud:

    1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
    2. Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
    3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
    4. Listen to your instincts – you know if something doesn’t feel right
    5. Stay in control – don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret

    Take Five Day is part of the Take Five campaign, launched by Financial Fraud Action UK and backed by all major banks and key financial services providers across the UK. It aims to put consumers and businesses back in control with straight forward advice to help prevent financial fraud.

    For advice on how to protect against financial fraud visit the campaign website www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk.

     

    Pictured are Ellen Mearns, Service Advisor and David Allister, Senior Branch Manager at Danske Bank

    [1] Source: FFA UK fraud figures 2016

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