Let’s all beat Scams together

Scams are fraud and fraud is a crime. Crime has victims and these victims could be us, our friends, family, staff, volunteers, neighbours or beneficiaries.

It’s helpful to know what sorts of scams are happening so that we all know how to look out for the signs.

So this just out booklet – “The Little Book of Big Scams” is a must read. Read it for yourself. Share it with others. Make sure people know about it.

It’s a free download from the website of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (HPCC) just here.

Please read and share.

It explains about the common types of Scam (there are a lot of them) and the signs to look out for. It also explains what to do about them.

Remember: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!

Anyone can fall foul of a scam. If you’re busy, distracted, off your guard then then you’re vulnerable to being scammed. Keep vigilant and share this guide with others to ensure you’re helping beat the criminals.

If you see a scam report it – Action Fraud is a good start.

And if you ever think that a Scam is just annoying then I recommend visiting www.thinkjessica.com. Scams have victims whose lives can be destroyed. We all need to work together to help stop scams.

If you’re part of a Neighbourhood Watch Group then talk to the group about Scams – make sure your area is aware. Talk to Glyn Atkinson too (NEL Neighbourhood Watch Area Coordinator) as there is Scam Awareness training being organised across Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Serious about tackling Scams? Become a Friend Against Scams – find out more here.

If you live in Cleethorpes then please feel free to make an appointment with Andy from VANEL to meet him at 82 Grimsby Road (the Big Local North Cleethorpes offices) and he can give you 1:1 support around protecting your computers, tablets, phones and yourself against some forms of Scam or Cyber Crime.

Any questions about Scams please feel free to contact Glyn Atkinson.

I’m also leading Cyber Crime Training for Charities in Grimsby and Cleethorpes over the coming months, so if you’re a group/organisation and want to talk about the cyber crime angle of scamming then please contact me (Karl Elliott) via karl@vanel.org.uk or 01472 231123.