There are a lot of SCAM activities but they all have the same purpose – to con people out of money by using misleading or deceptive communications such as letters, emails or phone calls. Most of this activity is FRAUDULENT and, as such, CRIMINAL. Using the support of Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Services, I have compiled this page to act as an easy reference to guard anyone against becoming a victim of scam activity.
Friends Against Scams (FAS) is a scheme recently launched by National Trading Standards and supported by regional government authorities that seeks to educate, and ultimately, help people avoid being scammed. I should emphasise that FAS is just one of quite a few such initiatives.
By far the best weapon to combat scams is education and it follows that knowing what to look for is critical to your defence. The FAS has produced a very informative Guide to Scams that can be downloaded by clicking here. In general, the ways a scammer finds a route to your wallet is through the post, by telephone, via the door step and/or through email
- You can’t win a lottery unless you have entered beforehand
- If a deal seems too good to be true it’s probably a scam
- Never open an (email) attachment unless you are confident of its source
Of course there are many bits of advice that should be heeded that is available in the plethora of literature on the subject but for ease of reference I have listed some services below:
- To cut out junk mail, register with the Mail Preference Service or call 0207 291 3310
- To cut out unwanted telephone calls, register with the Telephone Preference Service or call 0345 070 0707
- To report Scam mail to Royal Mail, send any items you believe to be scam received by post, with a covering letter, to Freepost, Scam Mail
- If you are unsure of an offer or its source, speak to family and friends or get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506
- If you are looking to contract a trader and don’t have any personal recommendations or first hand knowledge of the possible companies, have a look at the Norfolk Trusted Trader service set up by Norfolk County Council
- For details of the latest scams in the region, sign up to the Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Scam Alert system
- If you want to become a ‘Friend’ of the FAS scheme, visit the Friends Against Scams website and take the on-line course (45 – 60 minutes)
…Alternatively attend a Scam Awareness Presentation (free of charge) in the Hindolveston Village Hall starting at 7.15 pm on Friday 26th May 2017. Duration approximately 45 minutes plus time for questions. The Astley Bar opens shortly thereafter for a follow on Q&A session!!