Pensioners Warned to Keep a Look Out for Fake NS&I Website
On line scammers are trying to con pensioners out of their hard earned cash by using a fake website that clams to be the official National Savings & Investments (NS&I) site, they claim to offer an opportunity for a 65+ Bond.
Action Fraud have said that some of Googles searches for the NS&I website are producing fake results. If a person clicks on the fake site and submits their details, the scammers will then follow up with an email or phone call asking for proof of ID and their bank details.
Many of the emails Action Fraud have been seeing will be addressed “To whom it may concern” and signed “Best Regards, Kevin Archer”
You can see what the fake site looks like on the official NS&I site, although its highly likely that its appearance will change as people become wise to this scam. The NS&I site is also showing a typical email the fraudsters are currently sending out, ‘Pensioners have until 15 May to open a 65+ Bond which pays between 2.8 and 4 per cent.
The warning came a month after Steve Webb, pensions minister in the previous Government, predicted a “plague’ of pension-related scams, as fraudsters exploit the confusion about the new regulations that kicked in 6 April.
He said at the time: “If you are promised a really eye-catching interest rate above what you are expecting it’s almost always too good to be true”
To stay safe only visit the official NS&I website. NS&I will never try and sell you anything over the phone.
To report a scam email from NS&I, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think you have fallen victim to a scam phone NS&I on 0500 007 007.
For more information and advice on how to avoid pension scams, visit the Government’s pension Wise website. It reveals tactics that the fraudsters commonly use.