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Scams Awareness Month 2016

Scammers are heartless criminals who rob their victims not only of their money but also of their self-confidence. Yet only an estimated 5% of scams are ever reported. We are seeking to change that. Over the past three years we have been working with West Berkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service to raise awareness about the different types of scams including online, email, telephone and doorstep.

This July we are taking part in Scams Awareness Month. Scammers are becoming ever more sophisticated, targeting people through a variety of means, to con them out of their money or personal information. We hope that this campaign will encourage people to take a moment, trust their gut instinct and get advice, report scams and tell others of their experience.

Each week of July, we will highlight a different type of scam

Week 1          Telephone scams

Week 2          Online scams

Week 3          Mail scams

Week 4          Doorstep Scams

Find tips on how to spot a scam by following the Twitter hashtag #scamaware.

Please help us build a picture of scams by:

  • Taking our short scams survey
  • Telling us about you experience of scams. If you live or work in West Berkshire, please fill in this form and we will contact you.

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