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Scams awareness in spotlight at event

Last Modified July 20, 2017

Scams and how to spot them was the focus of a free session for Hertsmere residents today (Wednesday 12 July), part of a nationwide drive to prevent more people falling victim to fraudsters.

Around 25 attendees of an Older People’s Awareness and Learning (OPAL) event in Bushey were given help and advice on how to identify scams, what to do if they are concerned they may have been conned and how to prevent themselves from being targeted. A wide range of support from local services was showcased at the event, which was organised by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership and aims to reduce the vulnerability of older people in the borough. 

The event coincides with Scam Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of scams and encourage people to report and talk about them.

Hertsmere Borough Councillor Pervez Choudhury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “Unfortunately, in this day and age, scammers use all kinds of technology and digital information to make themselves seem credible. Often their lies are complex and very difficult to detect.

“The important thing is if you’ve been a victim of a scam or suspect someone may have tried to scam you, report it to the appropriate authorities and talk about it to family and friends.

“The worst thing you can do is keep silent, as the fraudsters will then go on to target others.”

Valerie Kane, the council’s Community Safety Manager said: “We’re delighted that we were able to give this topic such a high profile at this OPAL event.

“Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to all our partners for helping us put on this very popular event. “By working together in this way, we can ensure that the right information gets to the right people and they can feel more able to enjoy safer, happier and healthier lives.”

Representatives from Hertfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, Age UK, and Neighbourhood Watch provided information and advice at the event.

Among the other topics discussed were how to stay safe inside and outside the home, how to improve health and wellbeing, and how to become more independent.

To get advice or find out how you can get your money back if you’ve been scammed, call the Citizens Advice consumer service 03454 04 05 06.

Posted on Wednesday 12th July 2017

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