Scams Awareness Fortnight: 13-26 June
Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell is joining Scams Awareness Fortnight 2022, a national campaign to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of economic fraud.
Throughout the country over the next 2 weeks local Citizens Advice will aim to:
- Give people skills to identify scams.
- Encourage people to share their experiences.
- Help people gain the confidence to report scams.
Here at CAEE the national drive is the key point in our Scams Awareness 2022 campaign.
We want to thank local organisations, including Epsom and Bourne Hall libraries, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and the Epsom Employment Hub, for helping us raise awareness.
Not surprisingly, the focus of this year’s campaign is fraud and the cost of living.
Our Chief Executive Lisa Davis says:
“We’re asking everyone to help spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone. Fraudsters always find ways of exploiting difficult times and the cost of living crisis is making many more people vulnerable.”
Among the commonest scams at present:
- Scammers pretending to be energy companies, luring people with “too good to be true” deals to steal their money
- Fake sales representatives selling counterfeit shopping vouchers
- Fraudsters sending out phishing emails pretending to offer an energy rebate or government support to obtain personal information.
Citizens Advice runs the Scams Awareness campaign in collaboration with other consumer groups. Partners include Trading Standards and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
If you or someone you know has been scammed, you can call the national Citizens Advice Consumer Sservice for support: n 0808 223 1133.