What makes something a scam
A scam is a way of tricking people
A scam is a way of tricking people into handing over money or personal details.
Scams constantly change as scammers take advantage of new technology, new products and services, and local events or crises.
Scammers are getting smarter, and anyone can be a victim of a scam.
It can be hard to tell if something is a scam
People sometimes say they’ve been ‘scammed’ when they’re disappointed with a product or service they’ve received from a real business. But a situation like this is probably not a scam.
If someone has a problem with something bought from a real business, they can ask the business to resolve the problem.
With a scam, there's no point doing this, because the whole purpose is to trick the consumer or business.