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Make Yourself Scam Aware at Special Training Event


PCC with Beki Salmon, Project Assistant with Friends Against Scams

Vulnerable members of the community and their families are being asked to get involved in a training session to help them spot the signs of costly scams.

National Trading Standards have developed the ‘Friends Against Scams’ campaign to prevent people being ripped off.

As part of the campaign, members of the public are invited to attend a training session at Cleveland Police Headquarters in Middlesbrough on Tuesday 28th February.

The session, delivered by Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS), will identify the different types of scams, how to spot them and where to seek help if a scam takes place.

Participants will also receive an information pack, developed by home care service Home Instead, and a ‘No Cold Caller’ sticker for their front door.

PCC Barry Coppinger became a SCAMChampion after taking part in the same training earlier this month.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said: “The sophisticated and clever methods of modern scams means even the most clued-up people can be caught out.

“That’s why it is so important we all have a greater understanding of how to spot the signs, which is why I took part in the training myself, so I too can spread the word about these costly crimes.

“I’m delighted VCAS are rolling this vital scheme out to vulnerable people in our community and look forward to meeting those who attend.”

David Mead, Team Leader at Victim Care and Advice Service, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who have fallen victim to fraud or for the families and friends of victims to attend a training session and learn valuable information about how scams take place.

“Most importantly, they will discover the simple steps to keep themselves safe and to prevent crime.”

People interested in registering for the event can email pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

If you’re unable to attend the event and would prefer a one-to-one training session, this can also be arranged.


Posted on Thursday 23rd February 2017
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