Friends Against Scams
Staffordshire Trading Standards in partnership with the National Trading Standards Scams Team is committed to protecting the people of Staffordshire from becoming victims of scams through empowering communities and by stamping out scams and fraud.
Staffordshire Trading Standards is a 'Friends Against Scams Organisation' a national scheme created by National Trading Standards Scams Team to raise awareness and to provide people with information on how they can take a stand against scams with free online training.
A scam is any dishonest scheme designed to defraud, but the effects are not just limited to financial loss, its affects health, family, loss of self-confidence and increases anxiety. Each year mass marketing fraud causes upto £10,000,000,000 worth of loss to UK consumers with Doorstep crime causing as estimated £442,000,000 worth of loss (based on only 5% of reported crimes!).
What can you do?
Citizens Advice consumer helpline - 03454 040506 for free advice on your consumer rights and report scams.
Staffordshire Trading Standards Confidential hotline - 01785 330356 to report local doorstep crime and protect vulnerable persons.
Become a Friend Against Scams and take a stand against scams with free online training and information.
Become a Scam Marshal and take an active role in helping increase awareness and send scam mail to the NTS Scams Team so it can be investigated.
Think Jessica is an educational documentary drama produced by Think Jessica, the charity committed to protecting elderly & vulnerable people from fraud.To read the full story about Jessica click here.
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