Scams Awareness 2013 launches today

Just Regional
Feb 1, 2013 2 mins read

Residents are being warned about bogus and fraudulent offers as Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards officially launches Norfolk Scams Awareness 2013 today.

Trading Standards officers will be at the Forum in Norwich 9am-4pm to launch a year of activities aimed at reducing the effect of scams on Norfolk. Officers will be available to provide information and advice on how to spot a scam, how to avoid falling foul of them and how to protect others. It will also be an opportunity to share information about scams with Trading Standards and other partners.


Trading Standards will continue to raise awareness about scams throughout 2013 by issuing regular advice on how people can protect themselves and issue warnings about new scams and those targeting Norfolk residents.  Members of the public can sign up to receive these, and join over 3,000 existing subscribers via www.norfolk.gov.uk/scams


In addition Norfolk County Council’s Trading Standards officers are holding three Scams Awareness Consumer Workshops during February.


Norfolk Trading Standards’ Top Tips to avoid being scammed:


* If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

* Don’t send money upfront because your name will go on a “suckers list” and you’ll be bombarded with more scams.

* Don’t give personal or bank details to anyone unless you’ve checked them out.

* Pass on warnings. Tell your friends and family if you discover a scam.

* Take extra care with documents and paperwork – shred anything with your personal details on it.

* For further advice contact Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk/consumer

* Sign up to Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Scam Alert system at www.norfolk.gov.uk/scams

* If you receive emails or letters about a scam, don’t reply – even to say no. Once scammers get a reply, they will send more unwanted messages.

* Don’t give out any personal details like your address or ‘confirm’ details like your bank account number over the telephone or in response to an email.

* If you answer the door to a salesperson, ask to see their ID.  Do not feel pressured into signing or agreeing anything on the spot.  Take the paperwork away to read.


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