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Northamptonshire Police is backing a national campaign to help prevent people from falling victim to financial scams.
Every year, Citizens Advice runs a scams awareness fortnight, which this year is taking place from today, June 14, to June 27, and supported by Trading Standards, is focusing on the financial scams that have emerged as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The Force will be using its social media channels to help share advice to help people spot and avoid scams, and what they need to do if they have been taken in by a scam, to protect them from the potentially devastating financial and emotional repercussions of this kind of crime.
Laura Jones, the Force’s prevention manager, said: “Covid-19 has placed a lot of financial pressure on many people, and sadly it’s no surprise there has been a rise in financial abuse scams.
“In times like these protecting people against scams is more important than ever, and Northamptonshire Police is proud to support the work of Citizens Advice, and Northamptonshire Trading Standards in this area.
“Scams can be so convincing and anyone can fall for them, making it so important that people have the knowledge and tools they need to protect themelves, and their family and friends.
“Please take a look at the information and advice on offer, and also take the time to talk about potential scams with anyone you know who could be particularly vulnerable to this kind of crime, to help stamp it out.”
She added that the Force is encouraging people to join Friends Against Scams, a National Trading Standards initiative which works to help individuals and communities to take a stand against scams. Find out more here: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/
Find out more about how to spot a scam, and what to do if you think you’ve fallen for one, here.
Report scams to Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for fraud, online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime or call 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm.