Scam Awareness Month – July 2015

KCC Trading Standards in partnership with Citizens Advice is taking part in Scam Awareness Month to highlight the types of scams that are targeting Kent residents and fight back against scammers who cost Kent consumers thousands of pounds each year.

A scam is a scheme to con people out of their money. Other names for a scam include fraud, hoax, con, swindle, cheat. At some point in our lives, everybody will come across a scam, whether by phone, email, post or face-to-face. Scammers are clever and manipulative and everybody is vulnerable to falling victim at any time.

KCC Trading Standards in partnership with the Community Wardens have already visited and supported over 400 scam victims on the Stop the Scammers project. These residents were receiving more than 500 mail scams and 300 telephone scams each day.

One resident visited on the project was receiving over 20 scam letters a day and had sent money to receive a large prize the scammers claimed they had won. Over a four month period the scammers had received over £1300 pounds from the victim. The victim’s relative told us that they were worried for people who do not have anyone to look out for them and that scammers would continue to target victims until their money had run out.

Scams don’t just arrive by post or by phone; they also target people on the internet (PC or mobile device) and on the doorstep. Scam Awareness Month launches on the 1st July and each week we will be highlighting scams and providing tips and advice on how to avoid falling victim to them.

Telephone scams – 1- 12 July
Online scams – 13-19 July
Mail scams – 20-26 July
Doorstep scams – 27-31 July

Report suspected scams or alert us to a potential scam victim by filling in our online sharing form on our website kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards or telephone Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.

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