Scams awareness month - don't be rushed, don't be hushed
Scams awareness month runs this month with the campaign theme of "Don't be rushed, don't be hushed!"
The campaign aims to highlight the fact that people are often socially engineered into being scammed, and scammers flourish when victims remain silent about being duped.
Social engineering is where scammers persuade their victims to give up sensitive personal information, or persuade people to take actions that puts them at risk of being scammed.
Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services are leading activities throughout the month of July as part of Scams Awareness Month.
You may find the following information from Citizens Advice useful:
- Get involved in scams awareness month.
- Discover the common types of scam.
- Protect yourself from pension scams.
- Play the Citizens Advice scams game.
- Find out how to spot a scam.
- Learn how to report a scam.
- Understand how Trading Standards can help.
What can you do to tackle scams
There are four things that you can do if you suspect that you are the target of a scam:
- CHECK with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour.
- GET advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service 08454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for a Welsh-speaking adviser: Get online consumer advice and information at: www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
- REPORT scams and rip-offs to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Helpline number on 03454 04 05 06. Trading Standards are responsible for protecting consumers and the community against rogue and unfair traders.
- TELL family, friends, neighbours so that they can avoid scams.
Scams: Don’t be rushed, don’t be hushed…