Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice is spreading the word about scams to help stop more people across Arun from being conned. We are taking part in Scams Awareness Month, a campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams, which starts on Saturday 1 July.
Scams Awareness Month is all about creating a self-supporting network of confident, alert, consumers. People ready, willing and able to spot scams.
Whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and family from scams or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts during Scams Awareness Month 2016 are important because they will help spread the message that scams can be tackled if we take our time to spot the signs and share what we learn with others.
Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services are leading activities throughout the month of July as part of Scams Awareness Month.
What can you do to tackle scams
There are three things that you can do if you suspect that you are the target of a scam:
Be scam aware!
This powerful film produced by Citizens Advice Bristol hears the moving story of Raymond who was conned out of £3000 by ruthless scammers. Over a three year period he was targeted with thousands of letters advertising fake lotteries. Now he says: "It makes you angry and sick." It's rare to get such a powerful first-hand account of these cruel crimes because victims often feel ashamed and isolated. The film marks postal scams week - part of Scams Awareness Month which takes place throughout July.