There’s a national campaign at the moment asking you to be #scamaware.

You may think scams are easy to spot but you’d be surprised how easy it is to get conned into giving out personal details such as your bank details or just plain old conned out of your hard earned cash by paying for work or goods that aren’t needed or sometimes don’t even exist 🙁

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We’ll be taking part in the campaign and we hope that some of the information that comes your way will be useful and will help you avoid being conned – there’s plenty out there who are trying out these scams and sadly some of them are paying off causing financial loss, misery and distress.

The National Audit office recently estimated that people lose £10 billion to scams and fraud each year! And a recent Citizens Advice report found that almost three quarters of people surveyed had been targeted by a scam in the previous two years.

Anyone can be targeted by a scam and we all need to be #scamaware in order to fight back.

The key message of the campaign is to “stop, report, talk” if you think you’re being targeted by a scam and know what to do about it.

Stop…

Remember you can stop and get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline at 03454 04 05 06.

Report…

Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or @actionfraudUK on twitter

Talk…

Talk with friends, family and neighbours about scams they’ve seen.

Remember becoming #scamaware can save you, your family and friends a lot of time, money, distress, misery and inconvenience 🙂

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