It has come to our attention that some malicious actors are posing as CEL Solicitors and contacting people online via messaging apps and fraudulent ads.
These criminals are using fake websites, social media accounts and phone numbers to deceive people into thinking they are interacting with CEL Solicitors.
Unfortunately, these scammers are often targeting people who have already been victimised by fraudsters – exploiting those who have already endured so much.
As a firm that helps hundreds of fraud victims daily, we know how fraudsters operate and we urge you to be careful.
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Have you Been Served a Fake Advert on Social Media?
Unfortunately, while radio and TV advertising in the UK is heavily regulated to ensure advertisers are honest and genuine, online advertising platforms are less selective.
Anybody can pay for an advert to be shown online with little or no verification required.
If you have turned on a radio station at all over the past few years you have undoubtedly heard some variation of our CEL radio advert along with our tagline “Tell CEL”.
Similarly, if you are a regular user of the ITV Hub (now called ITVX) you may have had the pleasure of seeing our TV advert.
This doesn’t mean you can never trust an online advert. If you are viewing an advert on social media, you can click through to see the account that posted the advert and verify that it is legitimate.
Meta-owned platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger actually allow you to see every currently active advert currently used by an account by using the Meta Ad Library.
Have you Been Served a Fake Advert by Google?
Much like Meta gives you the ability to check any and all adverts being paid for by an account on their platforms, so does Google. Google allows you to see a list of every currently active advert hosted through them by visiting the Google Ads Transparency Center.
It’s worth noting that some adverts can have multiple variations, so while there may only be a handful shown, more can be found by clicking into the advert.
Fallen Victim to a Fraudster?
If you have fallen victim to impersonation fraud, there is still hope. We speak with hundreds of people daily who have lost money to scams, many of whom have lost money to impersonation fraudsters in particular.
We work on a no-win, no-fee basis to get your money back and will never ask for money up-front.