Nuneaton & Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch Association (N&BNWA) has pledged its support to a trading standards initiative aimed at tackling scams and encouraging victims to come forward, after figures showed 95% of such crimes go unreported.
They joined forces with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)) and the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team as part of the Stand Against Scams campaign.
N&BNWA joins other elected officials and community leaders, across the UK, who have signed up to become a #scambassador who will each lead the fight against criminals in their communities.
Brian Lowe, speaking on behalf of N&BNWA said: “Many of us will fall victim to a scam at some point in our lives so it is essential that action is taken against scammers that often target the most vulnerable and elderly people in our community. “I would urge anyone that has been the victim of a scam to report it to the authorities to make sure that these criminals are dealt with appropriately and they cannot use their tactics on anyone else again.”
Leon Livermore, CTSI chief executive, said: “About £52 billion is lost to scams every year and while it is often society’s most vulnerable it is important to remember that anyone can fall victim. The impact is often heart-breaking and we know of people who have lost their life savings or even re-mortgaged their homes after becoming a repeated target.”
Louise Baxter, manager of the NTS Scams Team, said: “The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors. “I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our #scambassador network which is already starting to grow.”
The average age of a scam victim is 74 but according to Action Fraud 53 per cent of people aged 65 or older have been targeted, with some known to have re-mortgaged their homes to cover loses. Last month, a 90 year-old woman3 from Sutton was conned out of £60,000 in a decade-long postal scam which started when the victim ordered make-up advertised in a mail order catalogue. Meanwhile, a Lincoln pensioner4 has recently thanked trading standards for their help in preventing her from being scammed out of hundreds of pounds after she responded to scam mail.
Anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud