Tis the season to beware of scams

Published Friday, 4 December 2020

With Christmas approaching and more of us than ever shopping online, residents and shoppers are reminded to be aware of fraudsters and their scams.

The council’s Trading Standards team aim to prevent people from becoming victims of scams and ideally be ‘scam aware’. Scams come in many different forms and not just on the internet. They can also be by post, through telephone calls and on the doorstep but they all want to trick victims out of their cash or personal information. Become scam aware by taking part in the Friends Against Scams online learning www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/elearning/bromley

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable Christmas and don’t want it spoiled by people falling victim to a scam as they cause a great deal of distress. Whatever it is, always talk to your friends and relatives first, or someone you trust as there’s no rush. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be the target of a scam, is advised to report it to Action Fraud  at www.actionfraud.police.uk  or by calling 0300 123 2040,” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement and SCAMbassador. 

Councillor Lymer continued, “We also have a trading standards dedicated rogue trader rapid response number 07903 852090 which you can ring if you need urgent advice or you think someone you know is being scammed.”

The average victim loses about £1,000 but some have lost much more including their homes, their life savings and thousands of pounds. Apart from the financial loss, scams can cause distress  and it can lead to a loss of self-confidence. 

Members of voluntary groups, resident associations and clubs are advised that the council’s Trading Standards team can do a virtual session to train their group members to recognise the signs of a scam. Interested groups can get in touch to arrange an advice session by emailing trading.standards@bromley.gov.uk. Face to face talks will be resumed in 2021.

The Trading Standards team are aware of many scams that affect people in the borough but many more go unreported. Further information about scams can be found on the Action Fraud website and also www.citizensadvice.org.uk

ENDS

Editor's notes -  SCAMbassadors are part of the national friends against scams network which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams and they have pledged to help raise the profile of scams.

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