Scams bulletin 1

Every week a Scams Bulletin is now published on NELwatch.org.uk.  This is part of the support being offered by the North East Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Watch Network. As Scams are a real issue for all our communities, Big Local will be re-posting those Scam updates here.

Visit the website www.nelwatch.org.uk for more information about Neighbourgood Watch.

Friends Against Scams

The best way we can keep ourselves and others safe against the criminals who Scam is to better understand Scamming and how to protect ourselves. The Friends Against Scams initiative from National Trading Standards is a really easy way for anyone to learn more and then to ‘take a stand against scams’.

Anyone can do it and it’s free. It does mean heading to their website here and then going through some online training. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have learned more and can sign up as a Friend Against Scams along with nearly half a million other people.

I’m a Friend Against Scams and part of my pledge is to keep telling others about Scams.

Locally we would ideally like to have at least one person in every North East Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Watch Group to do the online training and become a Friend Against Scams. Really anyone can do it. And once you’ve done it hopefully you can better look out for people around you and in your community to make sure they’re not falling victim to Scams.

All the info is here and you can start the easy online training here.

Please have a go and encourage others to do so too.

We’d really like to know how many Friends Against Scams are signing up in North East Lincolnshire, so if you do do it please drop Glyn or myself an email to let us know!

More about Scams

There are many different types of scam. It’s useful to know about these different types so you can know to identify them when you see them. The Police have updated their Little Book of Big Scams and you can download it here as a pdf.

Scams and Fraud related specifically to covid-19 and coronavirus are the latest trend of course. Read more about this trend in the National Trading Standards news here. And there’s a good guide to covid-19 scams on the OurWatch website here.

Recently there have been scams related to Track and Trace so the Police recently issued this warning information.

And finally for this week: Age UK have an excellent, simple guidebook which can help explain lots about Scams, what to look for and what to avoid. Particularly well presented for older people of course in an easy to read format. Get the .pdf here.

Please have a look at all these resources so you are keeping yourself safe from Scams. If you are part of a NWG please make sure you’re sharing this information with others in your group. If you’re not part of a NWG – why not? (but share the information with others please too). Continue the discussion around these topics on our private discussion website for NWG people here http://www.biglocalnorthcleethorpes.org.uk/nelwatchnetwork.