Fraud and Scams
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Fraud and scams
Scams affect the lives of many people across Three Rivers. They come in many forms and it is impossible to know about all of them.
Anyone can fall for a scam, but some people are more vulnerable due to their circumstances and are therefore more likely to be targeted by criminals. People who lose money to scams often also experience loneliness, shame and social isolation. There is no need to feel ashamed, there are agencies that can provide help and advice.
People who reply to scams aren't stupid. We know that the criminals are very clever and know what to say to get money out of anyone. Once someone has replied once, we know that their contact details are passed on to other criminal gangs and they will then receive other scams.
If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours, you can help protect them from scams by completing a short Friends Against Scams awareness session and then sharing your knowledge. There are three versions of the package available - interactive, video and BSL. Each situation is different but typical signs that a person has been scammed could include:
- receiving lots of unwanted calls
- unusual transactions on bank statements
- becoming unwilling to go out (just in case they miss the next phone call telling them what they have won)
- no money to buy food / pay bills
- lots of mail about prize draws, lotteries, or unwanted catalogues
- unwilling to throw any old post away.
If you receive a phone call or letter that causes you concern, talk about it with a friend. Share your concerns. They may have received it too. It's always worth talking to your bank and letting them know your concerns.Report a scam