Sitting down and Taking Five with Emmy this Father’s Day in support of FFA UKs Take Five campaign.

FFA UK Take Five Campaign

With Fathers Day fast approaching its impossible to head to the supermarket without the kids seeing all the cards, beers, T-Shirts etc. available and ready to buy for their Fathers or even Grandfathers.

With a flutter of their eyes and a sweet smile its hard to say no especially when they are choosing the gifts themselves even if they aren’t actually paying for them – although this week alone they have wanted to get him slippers, character PJ’s and other rather random items he would have no use for and certainly wouldn’t use.

My children have the best ways of trying to get money out of us from playing one parent off against each other to learning to play card games with us and then wanting to play for money knowing full well we usually let them win – devious at a very young age!

Like kids, financial fraud never takes a day off, so when the little rascals are playing tricks to get their own way, FFA UK is encouraging men across the UK to be on high alert this Father’s Day, as the best fraudsters are known to most likely to take advantage when we have our guard down!

To emphasise how vulnerable men really are to being tricked, FFA UK commissioned bespoke research with One Poll to a sample of 1,000 children aged 6-12 years to show how easily Dads can be tricked by their children.

The top five ways our mini masters manipulate their dads are:

  1. Smiling sweetly (41%)
  2. Offering a hug (40%)
  3. Saying please and thank you (35%)
  4. Trying to make Dad laugh (20%)
  5. Saying they’ve done well at school (15%)

It seems in many cases kids aren’t acting alone, with 35% saying they team up with their Mum to trick their Dad. Favourite phrases to reel in Dad include, “Mum said I could” (43%) – (this is a phase muttered often in this household)and “Mum always lets me” (33%) – (another common one in this house although Dad never falls for that one) which shows that kids are already savvy enough to play the adults against each other to try and get what they want.

Despite it seeming that many men are a push over, when it comes to financial fraud many believe they are unlikely or highly unlikely to fall victim, despite national figures showing that 31% are caught out each year. Over two-third (67%) of men believe it will never happen to them as they are confident they know what they are doing when it comes to avoiding financial scammers.

FFA UK is asking the public to help protect themselves from financial fraud by remembering some simple advice:

  • Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password
  • Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic
  • Don’t be rushed – a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting
  • Listen to your instincts – you know if something doesn’t feel right
  • Stay in control – don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret

It’s important to make everyone aware of the above tips, this includes our children too – the earlier we start to teach them important information like this the better prepared they will be.

I once remember my Mum drawing money from a cash machine and being only young I shouted her pin number aloud as I’d seen it, I got very told off and I certainly never did it again. Of course Mum changed her pin and never allowed me to see it again. This memory always stays with me and whenever I draw money from a cash machine I never let the children see my pin even though they are constantly asking for it.

I’ve been talking to Emmy about this and telling her why we don’t disclose this information – even though she happily tells strangers in the street my phone number as she is pleased she has learnt it by heart – she thinks its a good idea to have a fraud fighting super hero.

This is her hero to help prevent fraud, he apparently needs a red cape to help him to fly faster and help

Posted in collaboration with Financial Fraud Action UK

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