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Scams Awareness Month 2017

This month is National Scams Awareness Month and Citizens Advice and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute,  local Citizens Advice and Trading Standards offices, are urging consumers and members of the public to beware of being scammed, and to be aware of potential scams.

 

Scams come in all shapes and sizes – from the rogue trader charging for unwanted and badly done driveways to the fake, and potentially life threatening products, bought on-line.  Throw into that mix email or postal scams with non-existent lottery wins that demand payment up front, often targeting vulnerable groups, and the reason for concern becomes apparent.

 

Research has shown that 45 -60 year olds are most impacted, and by a wide range of scams, often loosing large amounts of money. But there is also a disturbing rise in the number of 18-24 year-olds being scammed – and this is the group least likely to report a scam.

 

Scam Awareness 2017

The message of this year's Scams Awareness month is, 'Play your part, act on scams'. We are calling on the public to be more aware of how they could be scammed, and to report it if they get caught out. With so many being targeted by scammers there is no reason to be embarrassed – and every reason to report incidents and help the authorities put a stop to it.

 

Know of a scam, or being scammed – be scam aware and call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06. 

 

Further information and advice can be found on the links and information below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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