We’ve been receiving reports from members of some fraudulent schemes directly targeting counsellors, including scams involving bogus clients and fake cheques.

While scams are nothing new, technology has made it easier for criminals to target you and your business. If you advertise your services on your own website, on an online directory or on social media, then your contact details are available to criminals as well as potential clients or employers. Some scammers focus on specific professionals such as counsellors, carrying out detailed background research in order to appear more credible.

Take a look at our guide, which was published last year, to help you recognise and avoid scams.

Scams: A guide for counsellors (PDF 0.8MB)