1 in 3 people in the North West targeted by a scammer since lockdown began
15 June 2020Scams Awareness fortnight launches today - Cheshire West and Chester Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Cheshire West are encouraging people to talk about their experiences of scams during the pandemic.
Citizens Advice Cheshire West have found out that 1 in 3 people (33%) in the North West has been the target of a scam since lockdown came into effect across the country.
2 in 3 people (63 per cent) are worried someone they know will fall foul of a con. And a large majority of people (89 per cent) reported they felt wary of coronavirus scams.
The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “It’s shocking that during such a difficult time people are using the coronavirus pandemic to scam people, taking advantage of their worries and concerns.
It’s really important we all do our bit and report anything that looks like a scam when we see it. By learning how scammers operate, and helping each other understand what to look out for, we can all work together to stop fraudsters in their tracks. Always look out for others you think could be a risk too.“
Paul Nicholls, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Cheshire West said: “Our data shows that the last few months have been very difficult for a lot of people across west Cheshire. Yet despite this, we’ve seen appalling evidence of opportunistic scammers taking advantage of people.
“Statistics show that 1 in 3 of North West locals has been targeted by a scam since lockdown began, showing we all need to be on high alert.”
“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 you, or someone you know, could be getting scammed take the following steps: