Don’t Be Fooled Campaign

In addition to trying to reach and educate those young people who attend our regions universities to the dangers of money mules. There are many young people who live within our region and don’t attend University that may also be targeted. We will therefore be working in partnership with other organisations to ensure during fraud week we reach as many of these as possible with the “Don’t be Fooled” message. The NEFF works in partnership with the 3 regional forces and NERSOU with the aim of bringing the public and private sectors together to reduce financial crime.

Fraudsters may ask you to receive money into your bank account and transfer it into another account, keeping some of the cash for yourself. If you let this happen, you’re a money mule. You’re involved in money laundering, which is a crime.

You might be approached by fraudsters online or in person. They might post what looks like a genuine job ad, then ask for your bank details.

Once you become a money mule, it can be hard to stop. You could be attacked or threatened with violence if you don’t continue to let your account be used by criminals.

Don’t Be Fooled by offers of quick cash.

Criminals need money mules to launder the profits of their crimes. Mules will usually be unaware of where the money comes from – fraud, scams and other serious crime – or where it goes.

Watch this film to see the devastating crimes you enable by acting as a money mule.


People often become money mules unwittingly. They might think they’re giving out their bank details for a genuine reason, then end up involved in money mule fraud.

Don’t Be Fooled. Follow this advice:

Please provide your bank details for payment purposes.

Don’t give your bank account details to anyone unless you know and trust them.

Earn from the comfort of your own home.

Be wary of job offers where all interactions and transactions will be done online.

Make £250 a week. No experience necessary

Be cautious of unsolicited offers of easy money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Must be willing to provide bank details.

Research any company that makes you a job offer and make sure their contact details are genuine.

Easy job, big cash pay outs.

Be wary of job offers from overseas. It will make it harder for you to find out if they are legitimate.

Be wary of job ads that are written in poor English with grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

When you’re caught:

Your bank account
will be closed.

You will find it hard to
access further student loans.

It will be difficult to get
a phone contract.

You will have problems
applying for credit.

You could go to
prison for up to 14 years.

Visit the DONT BE FOOLED website for more information – //