In today’s ‘You’ve Been Scammed’ programme, Matt Allwright reveals the tricks of the trade in will writing scams.
In the series so far, Matt Allwright has been visiting people across the UK who have been conned into handing over their cash. Representatives from Action Fraud appear on the programmes to provide an insight into the frauds and how they can be avoided.
Protect yourself from will writing scams
Will writing scams tend to happen when so-called will writers advertise their services for a very cheap price, either via adverts or cold calling. The cost of the will quickly starts to escalate into hundreds of pounds and victims are pressured into parting with their money there and then. Once they have handed over their money, either their will does not arrive, or it turns out to be a useless document.
- Check the credentials of the person you’re dealing with, including a permanent business address and landline telephone number. The mobile phone numbers given on business cards are often pay-as-you-go numbers which are virtually impossible to trace.
- Take control by asking the questions. Ask for references from previous customers or to see examples of their work.
- Don’t sign on the spot – shop around. Get at least three written quotes to make sure you’re not being ripped off.
- If you have been the victim of a fraud like this, report it to Action Fraud.
You’ve Been Scammed with Matt Allwright airs on BBC1 at 9.15am on Tuesday mornings. Previous You’ve Been Scammed programmes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online reporting tool.