Are you scam aware?
Are you scam aware? That’s the question being asked by Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne next week as part of Scams Awareness Month. Next Wednesday (13 July) Mrs Bourne will be joined by PCSOs at Tesco in Lewes from 12.30-2 to help answer your questions about how to spot scams, and what to do if you think you have been a victim of one.
Katy Bourne said: “Last year my Elders’ Commission talked to thousands of Sussex residents who highlighted real concerns about the potential scale of hidden or un-reported crime against our older citizens, particularly when it comes to scams.
“Scams are fraud and fraud is a crime that can ruin some people’s lives. Sadly many people are often embarrassed to admit they’ve been a victim of this type of crime, and so by raising awareness we hope that people will become much more knowledgeable, and, therefore less vulnerable to fraudsters.
“The nature of crime has changed and scams are the fastest growing crime type. As such it’s essential that we have a different policing response, new methods of investigation and forensic analysis, and officers with the requisite skills and training and this is why we’ve seen recent changes to the PCSO role.
“Next Tuesday is a great opportunity for people to come and find out more about scams, and get some real advice from Sussex Police about the scams operating in Sussex right now.”
If you’ve been a victim of a scam you can report it to Sussex Police’s non-emergency number, 101, or if the crime is in action call 999.