Play your part, act on scams

People of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland are being urged to play their part and act on scams.

Leicestershire Police is working with partners across the county to increase awareness of scams, which can be committed online, over the phone or face-to-face, as part of Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams.

Scammers can strike at any time, from cold-calling people with a fake investment opportunity or lottery win to posting online adverts for products which don’t exist.

Paul Wenlock, Head of Economic Crime at Leicestershire Police, said: “We want to arm the people of Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland with the information they need to be able to spot a scam.

“People often don’t think to report potential scam emails or texts or may be reluctant to admit that they have fallen victim to a scam. We want to bring the issue out into the open and encourage our communities to report scams, no matter how small they may seem, in order to prevent others from falling victim.

“Those who report being scammed can get advice on how to try and get their money back and steps they can take to protect themselves against falling victim to other scams.”

Andy Watterson, Business Crime Manager at East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, said “With technical security measures becoming ever more effective, it is far easier, and more profitable, for scammers to target individuals to try and obtain money by deception.

“This is especially prevalent within business, where cyber criminals are increasingly looking to exploit employees, especially those with access to the company finances.

“Therefore, it is vital that both employees and private individuals alike are aware of how to spot scams and what to do if they are targeted”.

Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton, who is also cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: “There are all sorts of scams out there, from unscrupulous cyber rackets to door-to-door, phone and postal cons.

“We want people to keep in mind that if in doubt, don’t reply. Bin it, delete it or hang up.

“Equally anyone who feels they have already been a victim of a scam should not suffer in silence, report it or call for support.”

Samantha Hancock, Leicestershire Police’s Cyber Protect Officer, said: “We are urging all Leicestershire residents to be on their guard for any suspicious emails or websites.

“There are a number of ways you can protect yourself online. There is lots of useful information on the Cyber Aware and Get Safe Online websites”

Can you spot a scam? :
• Has the call, letter, text or person has arrived unexpectedly?
• Have you heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about? Did you buy a ticket?
• Have you been asked to send money in advance or for personal or security details?
• Are you being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or talk to family or friends

For advice on scams, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline at 03454 04 05 06 (03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language) who can provide advice and pass details on to Trading Standards.

To report a scam please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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