A new campaign has been launched focusing on how people in Causeway Coast and Glens and beyond can prevent becoming a victim of a scam.
Supported by the PSNI and PCSPs, the ScamwiseNI campaign aims to teach the public that we all need to be vigilant of any contact from an unsolicited source, whether that is from doorstep callers, telephone, mail or online.
Sergeant Terry McKenna explains: “There are countless ways that criminals have found to scam people but there are steps we can all take to be scam wise. To support the campaign, a short film has been produced which details the experience of ‘Erika’ who has been a victim of scammers. We have also re-published the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ which lists some of the key scams around at the minute and what to do if you think you are being targeted or may be a victim.”
Speaking about the campaign, Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP Chair Alderman William King said: “Scams can have a distressing effect on victims. They cause financial loss and can undermine your sense of safety and wellbeing. We welcome the work the ScamwiseNI Partnership is doing to tackle this issue and look forward to seeing the impact it has. If you have – or know someone who has – been a victim of fraud, no matter how small, you should report it to the PSNI or Action Fraud.”
Watch Erica’s film on her experience of being victim of scammers on: https://youtu.be/0g01EKljWhE
For more information on what kind of scams are around and what to do if you encounter one, visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/scamwiseni