Scams awareness month
July is scams awareness month
Scams Awareness Month is all about creating a self-supporting network of confident, alert, consumers. People ready, willing and able to spot scams.
Whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and family from scams or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts during Scams Awareness Month are important because they will help spread the message that scams can be tackled if we take our time to spot the signs and share what we learn with others.
Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services are leading activities throughout the month of July as part of Scams Awareness Month.
Tips on avoiding becoming a victim of a scam
There are four things that you can do if you suspect that you are the target of a scam:
- CHECK with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour.
- GET advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service 08454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for a Welsh-speaking adviser: Get online consumer advice and information at: www.citizensadvice.org.uk. To report a problem to trading standards, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service. Trading Standards are responsible for protecting consumers and the community against rogue and unfair traders.
- REPORT scams and suspected scams to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime. If debit cards, online banking or cheques are involved in the scam the consumer’s first step should be to contact their bank or credit card company.
- TELL family, friends, neighbours so that they can avoid scams.
Action Fraud A-Z of scams at: www.actionfraud.police.uk
Age UK scams advice at:www.ageuk.org.uk
Think Jessica information on scams at: www.thinkjessica.com
Companies House at: www.companieshouse.gov.uk
Further information can be found on the Citizens Advice website.