National Consumer Week (NCW) is an annual consumer education campaign run by the Consumer Protection Partnership (CPP). This year, NCW will be held November 28 to December 2, slightly later than in previous years. NCW has been running since 1989 and has covered different themes each year such as second hand car buying, car boot  Read ▶

Warning to consumers about growing online threat

National Trading Standards outlines emerging threats in annual Consumer Harm Report £345m in businesses and consumer detriment prevented in the past two years Consumers are being deceived through the clever use of digital technologies and this is behind a number of emerging threats, including counterfeit and dangerous goods being advertised on social media platforms and  Read ▶

Fraud & cybercrime cost UK nearly £11bn in past year

The UK public and small businesses are today being urged to start making every day safer as the latest online crime figures from ourselves at Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reveal that a staggering £10.9 billion* was lost to the UK economy as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, in  Read ▶

New campaign to tackle criminal scams goes live

Friends against Scams Scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of consumer detriment every year Campaign to help people identify, change perceptions and prevent people falling victim to scams A new campaign has launched today to raise awareness of scams and encourage people to take a stand against them. Scams often target people in vulnerable  Read ▶

Scams Awareness Month July 2016

Free trial scams are now spreading on social media into many other product areas, and consumers are still losing money to this scam. The National Trading Standards eCrime Team, along with Get Safe Online is supporting the second week of Citizens Advice’s Scams Awareness Month 2016 with an infographic aimed at highlighting the problem of ‘free trial’ scams, also  Read ▶


Biggest and longest enforcement action against counterfeiting and piracy on social media rolled out across Scotland and Eire Operation Jasper extended its reach into Eire in June and begins operating in Scotland this July as officers from Trading Standards and the Police in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are joined by their Scottish and Irish  Read ▶

Online Job Hunting Tips: How to Spot a Job Scam

Worrying new research suggests that many jobseekers are having trouble spotting the signs of a job scam. The research conducted by CV-Library in partnership with SAFERJobs comes from a survey of 2,000 UK workers and aimed to discover what they knew about online job scams. The results reveal a worrying lack of awareness and understanding  Read ▶

Over £1 billion lost by businesses to online crime

With online crime becoming an increasing threat for businesses, new figures from Get Safe Online and Action Fraud (1) released today show that from March 2015 – March 2016, a huge total of £1,079,447,765 was reported lost by businesses to online crime. This comes as Action Fraud saw a 22% increase from 30,475 in 2014 – 2015,  Read ▶

Buying tickets online – checklist

People desperate to attend major pop concerts, music festivals and sporting events this summer face a greater risk of falling victim to criminals after online ticket fraud soared by 55 per cent. More than £5 million was lost to online ticket fraud in the UK in 2015 – up from £3.35 million in 2014 –  Read ▶

New alliance aims to stamp out jobs scams

The National Trading Standards eCrime Team (NTSeCT) has joined SAFERjobs and the Metropolitan Police in the fight against online jobs scams. SAFERjobs (Safe Advice For Employment and Recruitment) is a non-profit making organisation created by the Metropolitan Police in 2008 to combat criminal activity plaguing the recruitment market. SAFERjobs works with government, public sector agencies  Read ▶