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Take a Stand Against Scams

posted 30 Jan 2018, 05:51 by Earl Soham Parish Council   [ updated 30 Jan 2018, 05:54 ]

The following message is sent on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards -

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.

To fight back against the criminals, Suffolk Constabulary are supporting a new initiative called Friends Against Scams that has been launched in Suffolk by Suffolk Trading Standards.

Friends Against Scams is a campaign which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams.' 

The aim of Friends Against Scams (a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative) is to: 

  • inspire action

  • highlight the scale of the problem

  • change the perceptions of why people fall victim to scams

  • make scams a local, regional and national topic


By completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others from scams.


Suffolk Trading Standards are asking Suffolk residents to join the fight against scams by becoming a Friend Against Scams.  They aim to have 1500 Friends by the end of 2018 and are calling on individuals and businesses to make the pledge.


To become a Friend Against Scams please go to www.suffolk.gov.uk/Friends

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

Police Connect Team 

30 Jan 18