Scams Awareness Month 2018

Don’t miss a trick, be Scam Aware

Scams Awareness Month 2018 launches on the 4th of June. The annual campaign raises awareness and takes a stand against the crimes and predatory practices which affect millions of people.

Research conducted by Citizens Advice indicates that almost three-quarters (72%) of those surveyed had been targeted by scammers over a two-year period (2015-2017). Over a third had been targeted five or more times.

This year’s theme is ‘Don’t Miss a Trick, Be Scam Aware’, and with events taking place throughout the month, now is the time to take part and help drive down criminal behaviour that costs so much to so many.

Citizens Advice has identified four groups most likely to be targeted by scams: young people (18-24), life established (40s-60s), over 70s and the socially isolated.

You can find more about Scams Awareness Month at www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

The Chief Executive of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Leon Livermore, said: “It’s worrying that scams victims still feel reluctant to come forward and report a crime. Nobody should suffer in silence. It is therefore reassuring and heartening to know that devoted trading standards and consumer protection champions around the country are tirelessly working in the background in spite of resource cuts, to help raise awareness and drive down criminal behaviour.”

Know of a scam, or have been scammed, don’t miss a trick. Call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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