TIM DREW: Help create a network of alert consumers and support Scams Awareness Month

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

This month is Scams Awareness Month, which is a joint campaign by the Citizens Advice Bureau and Trading Standards to raise awareness of scams and how people can protect themselves.

Four major categories of scam – telephone, online, mail and doorstep – are being highlighted in the course of this campaign.

Scams Awareness Month is all about creating a self-supporting network of confident, alert consumers so, whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and family from scams or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts in support of Scams Awareness Month are important because they will help spread the message that scams can be tackled if we take the time to spot the signs and share what we learn with others.

A scammer may:

• Contact you out of the blue.

• Make promises that sound too good to be true.

• Ask you to pay for something up front – for example, ask you to pay a fee before you can claim a prize.

• Try to pressurise you into making a quick decision.

• Be over-familiar and over-friendly with you.

• Tell you an offer has to be kept secret.

• Ask for your bank account details. Never give your bank details to people you don’t know, especially those you meet online.

• Give a mobile number or PO Box number as the contact for their company.

The Tarring Community Forum will meet between 7pm and 8pm at the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring on Tuesday, July 14, followed by PCSO Carol Fulcher’s surgery at Goring Library, Mulberry Road, between 10.30am and 11.15am Wednesday, July 15.

The third of the Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Awareness events will take place on Saturday, July 11, in Montague Place, when we will also, as part of Operation Velo, offer bicycle marking and registration services.

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