Help Islington authorities crack down on cons for scam awareness month
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Potential victims of “scam merchants” who peddle online fraud, overseas lottery “wins” and doorstep rip-offs are being asked to take extra care this month.
During May, Scam Awareness Month, Islington Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) & Islington Trading Standards are calling for residents to look out for any email, letter, doorstep seller or phone-call asking for personal or financial details.
Recent examples reported in Islington include advanced fee scams for PPI claims, job “training fees”, a “council tax reduction” scheme and recorded telephone messages warning of a pension shortfall or offering a bonus.
The campaign aims to encourage people who come across scams to report them – currently only five per cent inform authorities.
Scam e-mails and chain letters can be passed to Islington Trading Standards where they will be dealt with or passed on to the fraud authorities.
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The information is used to help police and others find the scammer’s location or enable them to disrupt activities by closing websites and stopping phone lines.
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