Video: James has been helping TalkTalk and Get Safe Online to Beat the Scammers, by revealing common tactics of phone fraudsters. Telephone and internet scams across the UK have reached an unprecedented high, with Britons now more likely to receive a landline call from a scammer, than from our best friends or family members.

With these crimes getting more frequent and more sophisticated, it's no surprise that nearly half of those surveyed by TalkTalk confessed they would be unable to spot a scam if it happened to them.

To address this problem and help people better protect themselves, James worked with TalkTalk to reveal five of the most common techniques scammers use.