Weekly Fraud update from West Mercia Police -Economic Crime Unit – 21/06/2022

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What Is Friends Against Scams?

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams

Since launching Friends Against Scams in 2016 and setting the goal of one million Friends shortly after, the initiative has grown and expanded into so many different areas, all with the goal of spreading the scams awareness messaging.

The 1,000,000 Friends target has now been reached and surpassed.

Friends Against Scams is designed to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perceptions of why people fall for scams and make scams  a community, regional and national topic.

By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session or completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.

Anyone can be a Friend Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.

                                              Become A Friend Against Scams

If you would like to be a Friend Against Scams you can attend a short awareness session in person or complete the online training.

After this session you will be asked to start taking action to take a stand against scams. This could be by talking to your neighbours, friends or family about scams or writing to your local MP asking them to promote scams awareness.

For further information follow this link:  https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

                                                    NHS Covid 19 alert texts

Members of the public have currently being receiving scam texts notifying them that they have been in contact with a person testing positive.

The message then goes on to tell them to click a link to pay a nominal sum for postage to obtain a testing kit.

You are advised not to click on that link, and you should report the text by forwarding it to – 7726 – on your phone.

The messages look authentic with NHS headers and footers but the contact details for NHS are not authentic with a “.com” email address to obtain the alleged test kit.

                                             Take Five To Stop Fraud 

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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