Personal Information and Money

Being safe using a computer can be difficult. There are lots of different ways you can be tricked and conned out of money. These are called scams.

You can be scammed by:

  • Email
  • Websites
  • Pop ups
  • Online gambling

The information on this web page can help keep you safe.

Things you should know

Be careful who you give your personal information to

Never tell anyone your PIN for your bank card. This is a secret number for your bank card.


A bank will never ask you for personal details in an email.

Do not open emails from people you do not know. If you do open them, some may ask you for personal information which they may use without you knowing.

Some emails will tell you a sad story and ask for money. Some emails may offer you free gifts or prizes. Beware these may be scams. Do not reply. Delete the message.

Buying things

Think before you buy.

Only use secure shopping websites. This means only buy from a company that you know and trust.

If a gift is free you should not be asked to pay for it.

Talk to your doctor before buying any health goods online or before signing up for medical treatment, like slimming pills.

Online dating

Some people on dating websites may not tell the truth. They may not be who they say they are.

Remember, if you plan to meet someone you have never met before:

  • Meet them in a place where there are lots of people, like a café, pub or shopping centre.
  • Let a friend know where you are going. Let them know when you are back home safely.

Pop ups

These are windows which pop up onto your screen trying to sell you something.

If you click on it, you will open up their website. You may open a gambling or porn site. These sites may shock or upset you, or ask you for money.