Be a Friend Against Scams

Published 8 February 2018

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, with victims often experiencing loneliness, shame and social isolation. To protect victims, and prevent people from becoming victims of scams, National Trading Standards has launched the Friends Against Scams initiative which aims to train one million people by 2020 in spotting and reporting scams.

Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK, yet there is a social stigma attached to discussing scams and admitting to being a victim - more than one in four victims haven’t told their partner that they have fallen victim to a scam.

To tackle the lack of scams awareness, National Trading Standards has created the Friends Against Scams initiative which is encouraging communities and organisations, victims and the general public to break the silence around scams. You can become a friend and take the short online training by visiting the website, which gives you the tools to recognise scams and help scam victims whether in your family, amongst friends or in your community.

Speaking about the National Trading Standards initiative, the Security and Economic Crime Minister Ben Wallace said:

“Fraud is now the most prevalent crime in the UK. We know that the more we talk to each other about scams, the less likely we are to fall victim to them so these campaigns are vital.”

You can find out more about Friends Against Scams and how you can make a difference by visiting the website: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/

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