Project Assistant Beki Salmon
Agencies, police officers and charities have been given training to prevent vulnerable people falling victim to scams.
Over 60 people from a range of agencies including Cleveland Police, Victim Care and Advice Service and the Alzheimer’s Society received specialist training at Cleveland Police HQ today.
Friends Against Scams is an initiative by National Trading Standards Scams Team and aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.
Led by Project Assistant Beki Salmon, session participants were taught about different types of scams and how to spot them.
Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers.
Those who participate in the training will become a Friend Against Scams and will be encouraged to put their knowledge to use in their local communities.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger, said:
“Scams are worrying for all of us, as often the most vulnerable in our society fall victim to the fraudsters.
“By taking part in the Friends Against Scams training, officers and people in the community can spread the message about what signs to look out for.
Louise Baxter, Team Manager at the National Trading Standards Scams Team, said:
“I am really pleased that people in Cleveland are getting involved in the Friends Against Scams campaign and helping to take a stand against scams.
“This campaign is about protecting our communities, particularly people in vulnerable situations who are deliberately targeted by criminals, and it is great to see that people in Cleveland want to do exactly that.”
For more information, visit: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Posted on Wednesday 16th November 2016