Take Five to fight fraud

Faster Payments is supporting the launch of a major new campaign designed to tackle financial fraud. 

The “Take Five” campaign 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 all the major banks and other financial service providers across the UK. 

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

  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. 

Read more about the tactics some fraudsters use in relation to Faster Payments here