Release date: 31 May 2018
Residents are urged to be alert to scams and not to “miss a trick,” by West Sussex Trading Standards Service.
June 2018 is Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise awareness of scams and help reduce their impact.
The total sum of money lost to scams and fraud each year is estimated to be £10.9 billion on average.
But it is estimated that only 5-15% of all scams are reported.
The focus of the month will be to raise awareness that:
• Everyone is vulnerable to fraudsters who make contact ‘out of the blue.’
• The person contacting you may not be a genuine official or organisation, so always be on guard.
• If you receive an unexpected contact you must trust your instincts, take time to stop and think, and not be rushed.
• Be suspicious of anyone seeking personal security information or offering something that sounds too good to be true.
Trading Standards officers and Citizens Advice will be attending a range of events across the county to provide information on scams and to offer tips to avoid falling victim to fraudulent activity:
• Saturday 2 June from 9.30am to 4pm at Swan Walk, Horsham (Citizens Advice event)
• Thursday 7 June from 10am to 1pm at Tesco, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis
• Thursday 14 June from 10am to 1pm at Tesco, Fishbourne Road, Chichester
• Thursday 28 June from 10am to 1pm at Morrisons, Hawthorn Road, Wick, Littlehampton
Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Scams can happen to anyone, no matter where they live or what their age.
“Unfortunately, there tends to be a stigma around scams with people feeling reluctant to talk about their experiences.
“As well as giving people the knowledge to spot scams, I hope we can give people who have been affected the confidence and reassurance to come forward and report it.”
Anyone concerned about scams can get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
You can learn more about scams and report fraud and cybercrime at: www.actionfraud.police.uk
Report an incident or concern direct to West Sussex Trading Standards Service online: www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport