County council and police lead the way on tackling scams across Cambridgeshire that are claiming more and more victims

PUBLISHED: 13:04 17 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 18 December 2018

20 partner organisations signed the charter of the new Against Scams Partnership on Friday 14 December. The initiative is supported by the county council and the police. Picture: CAMBS COUNTY COUNCIL

20 partner organisations signed the charter of the new Against Scams Partnership on Friday 14 December. The initiative is supported by the county council and the police. Picture: CAMBS COUNTY COUNCIL

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More than 20 organisations are signing up to a new partnership to intensify the fight against scams and to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a scam-free county.

Led by the county council and police the groups include East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership, Fenland Community Safety Partnership Trading Standards, Age UK, Neighbourhood Watch and NatWest Bank, who will work together to raise awareness of scams and to support victims of scams.

According to Action Fraud, 53 per cent of people aged 65 or over have been targeted by scams and criminals. Being a victim of this crime can have devastating impact.

These crimes are often targeted at people in our communities that are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including poverty, isolation, frailty, disability, cognitive impairment, and by the very nature of them being specifically targeted.

Anyone can be a scam victim, regardless of age, gender, education or economic background; partners are committed to act on the Against Scams Partnership four key aims:

•Improve awareness of scams

•Increase protection for everyone, and especially vulnerable people, against scams

•Implement consistent recording of scams and improve referral processes

•Improve support for potential victims of scams

Cllr Steve Criswell, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities and Partnership committee said: “The impact of scams on a victim can be devastating, in some cases people lose their hard earned life savings and are left emotionally and financially unable to continue to live independently.

“We need to increase the awareness of how to spot a scam and share that knowledge with friends and neighbours.”

Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Each year fraud costs the UK economy between £5 and 10bn and it’s believed that only five per cent of victims actually report the crime. It’s vital that we stand together to tackle this issue head on. We all need to work together to achieve the same goal, which is a scam-free county.”

Join us in our Friends Against Scams campaign by taking part here : https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire

If you think you or a relative, friend or neighbour have been the victim of a scam or fraud or you are concerned about a possible scam or fraud, please report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123

Organisations taking part in the Against Scams Partnership are:

Cambridgeshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

Age UK

Cambridgeshire Police

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

NatWest Bank

Neighbourhood Watch

Care Network

Safe Local Trades

Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind

Citizens Advice Peterborough

Citizens Advice Cambridge

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

The Bobby Scheme

ERSOU

East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership

South Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership

Fenland Community Safety Partnership

Huntingdonshire Community Safety Partnership

Cambridge City Council and Community Safety Partnership

Wisbech Town Council

Scam Victim

For support and advice on scams (e.g. rogue traders, romance scams, scam mail, telephone calls, text messages, emails), call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06

For a non-emergency response (if you have been a victim of a fraud/scam), call Cambridgeshire Police on 101

If you have been affected by crime, get emotional and practical help from Cambridgeshire Victim and Witness Hub on 0800 781 6818

To report a fraud, or suspected fraud, and share information to help stop others from becoming victims, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

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