Friends Against Scams
Written by Jane Lythgoe on 15 October 2020
People are being encouraged to sign up for the Friends Against Scams scheme as part of a 4-year campaign to help beat scammers.
The scheme invites communities and individuals to become friends and encourages individuals to openly talk about scams. Since July 2018 over 480 people in Staffordshire have joined the scheme.
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service now wants more people to sign up to the initiative and to be able to spot the signs of scams, report them and look out for those who may become victims themselves.
Common scams in Staffordshire include those relating to Coronavirus, online investment offers, fake HMRC emails, bogus bank phone calls, doorstep sales, romance scams and telephone scams. Whatever the scam, the criminal’s aim will be to get people to part with their cash or to get them to give away their personal data.
People can find out more about avoiding scams or sign up for the Friends Against Scams’ scheme at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/friendsagainstscams