Campaign encourages people to fight back against scammers
10 June 2019Cheshire West and Chester Council and Citizens Advice Cheshire West are supporting this month’s Scam Awareness campaign.
Two in three people in the North West have been approached by a scammer in the last two years, according to Citizens Advice Cheshire West. Worryingly, of those targeted, only 49% of people spoke to anyone about it.
Under the slogan “Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware” Cheshire West and Chester Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Cheshire West are encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others, particularly more vulnerable people.
More than half of all scams reported to the Citizens Advice consumer service in the last year used well-established, offline methods. These classic tactics from the scammers’ playbook include unsolicited doorstep selling, mail and cold calling, and saw people lose an average of almost £3,000.
Fraudsters using these methods are known overwhelmingly to target older or more vulnerable people.
The Council’s Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “This month’s Scams Awareness campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness and tackle these cruel crimes.
“It’s important to spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and we don’t need to be embarrassed if we fall victim to them.
“We are pleased to be supporting Scams Awareness Month again in 2019 with Cheshire West Citizens Advice.”
Paul Nicholls, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Cheshire West said: “‘Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware’ is our message to people in Cheshire West and Chester.
“We’re finding that, although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue.
“People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed reporting their experiences, but sadly this means perpetrators are getting away scot-free.
“The fact is, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope this Scams Awareness campaign will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money.”
To help stop more people being fleeced by these types of scams, Cheshire West and Chester Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Cheshire West are sharing the following tips on how to spot them.
If you’re worried that someone you know has become victim to a scam, look out for the following. Are they:
Find out more information by visiting your local Citizens Advice office in Northwich, Chester or Winsford between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and in Ellesmere Port between 9am - 2pm Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary.