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15 - 28 June 2020

Citizen’s Advice Scams Awareness campaign aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam.

This year's campaign takes place over the next two weeks, from the 15-28 June, with the focus being on raising awareness of the scams that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The scams unit will be getting involved by posting daily scam facts to social media along with a variety of other things, as you will see over the fortnight.

Your efforts during the Scams Awareness campaign are important, whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and your family from scams, or an organisation or group representing consumers.

This year protecting people against scams is more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing issues - from employment and debt, to housing and health - resulting in more people being in vulnerable situations. Added to this, the overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times especially as we have seen scammers using COVID-19 to exploit people.

Help us spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and that we can all take a stand to help stop them. There are actions we can all take to report them, share stories and raise awareness of scams to safeguard ourselves and others.

You can report scams to Dudley Scams Unit on 01384 81887 or trading.standards@dudley.gov.uk

Free ‘Friends Against Scams’ e-learning

Why not complete the free ‘Friends Against Scams’ e-learning session today.

It is an excellent introduction to scams to increase your awareness of this type of crime, takes just 20 minutes and is available to all Dudley residents.

Please note you will need to register and activation takes 24 hours.  Please follow the instructions to register.