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Friends Against Scams

We are encouraging people to Take a Stand Against Scams

Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

In 2016 the National Trading Standards Scams Team launched the Friends Against Scams campaign, which aims to raise awareness of criminal scams, prevent people from becoming victims and to encourage people and communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

The National Trading Standards Scams Team introduced free training and local awareness sessions, available online and in person, which provided people with the confidence and skills they need to identify and prevent scams. The campaign aims to:

  • Highlight the scale of the issue by encouraging communities and the nation to talk about scams
  • Change the perceptions of why people become scam victims
  • Prevent people from becoming or continuing to be a scam victim by providing better support
  • Recruit individuals and communities to join the fight against scams to make this a scam-free nation.

Read our press release.

Become a Friend Against Scams by completing the online awareness session or attending a face to face awareness session.

For more information on the campaign visit the Friends Against Scams website.

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