New research from Santander shows that more than a third of Brits drink a cup of tea when they have to make a difficult decision, others drink it after a stressful day or when they need to focus and think something through, leading to the launching Santander’s Safe Tips at Inspired – Tea to make people think when they are pressured into transferring their money to another account by someone pretending to be someone else.

Last year alone, Brits reported £214.8 million in counterfeit scams. Advanced crime often involves scammers pretending to be calling from someone’s bank or the police – and to be in a position of authority. Then they ask their victim to transfer their money to another bank account.

Santander’s Safe-Tea encourages people to take a moment to think about what is being asked of them. This critical thinking can help 1 in 5 believe they will be a victim of scams in the future. Santander teamed up with drag queen Victoria Scone, famous for her Afternoon Tea dress, to launch her Safe-Tea. The blend contains apple pieces, rooibos, chamomile, ginger, lavender, spearmint and natural aromas, all chosen for their calming properties to create a clear mind.

Chris Ainsley, Santander’s head of fraud risk management, said: “We know that as a rule, scammers make their victims feel stressed, which can cause people to behave in ways they wouldn’t if they weren’t.” a moment to calm down and think first. That’s why we launched Safe-Tea. A brew is not only a great way to calm nerves in a high-pressure situation, but it also encourages people to take that all-important time-out before making a decision.”

Victoria Scone said: “Whenever I need clarity in a situation or to calm down, I always turn on the kettle and make a cup of tea. Hearing from your supposed “bank” or “police” that you need to move your money is a scary and stressful situation. So if you’re ever faced with a Scammy Sally, take a moment to drink a nice hot cup of tea, think about what’s being asked, and don’t say thank you today!

The qualified psychologist dr. Meg Arroll said: “In times of stress, people usually take a moment to catch their breath and assess their situation objectively. In this heightened state, some may end up doing things they would not have done if they had taken the time to collect their thoughts.

“In moments like this, remember to stop over a cup of tea, take a breath and think… just don’t feel pressured to answer before you’ve thought it through. By giving yourself the space and time to process the current situation, you can gain more control and avoid a costly mistake.”

The Safe-Tea-Box contains Santander’s best tips for spotting impersonation scams:

1. Remember the golden rule: no bank will ever just call you and ask to transfer money to another account. It’s always a scam.

2. Take a deep breath: The hallmark of a scam is the noise. Please take a moment to process the information before acting.

3. If in doubt: hang up and contact your bank using the number on the back of your bank card.

4. Don’t jump into DMs: Scammers often make contact through social media and other communication channels, and some even go so far as to impersonate a friend or loved one who needs help…be careful.