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​Friends Against Scams advice workshop

Press release   •   Jul 04, 2019 13:01 BST

Keep yourself safe from scams at an advice workshop being held at Prestwich Library and Adult Learning Centre on Thursday 11 July (7pm to 8.30pm).

Join Paul Geary, community banker from NatWest, and look at a wide range of scams and how to spot and avoid them.

To book your free ticket, go to our Eventbrite page:

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.

  • Scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 billion a year
  • 53% of people over 65 have been targeted by scams
  • Only 5% of scams are reported
  • Statistics indicate that the average scam victim has lost over £3,000

Scams come in many forms; uninvited contact is received by email, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises to con victims out of money. There are many of these sorts of scams but some of the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws or sweep stakes, clairvoyants, computer scams, and romance scams.

The criminals attempt to trick people with flashy, official looking documents or websites, or convincing telephone sales patter, with the aim of persuading them to send a processing or administration fee, pay postal or insurance costs, buy an overvalued product or make a premium rate phone call.

Doorstep scams are crimes carried out by bogus callers, rogue traders and unscrupulous sales people who call, often uninvited, at people's home under the guise of legitimate business or trade.


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