Leicestershire Tackling Fraud Campaign Launched

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Word search and biscuits were just part of the training session which was held at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland offices in June. Outreach Solutions held the briefing session for Age UK and RCC (Leices tershire & Rutland) who will be delivering the fraud prevention campaign across the county.

Over a 6 month period Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and RCC will be making contact and working with a range of community groups and individuals to provide advice on how to SPOT fraudulent activity, and STOP it happening to them or people they know or care for.

Kris Ward from credit reference agency Experian, a major funder of the campaign, was on hand to provide information on how to prevent identity fraud, whilst Det Sgt Mark Tuttle from Leicestershire Police provided insight and information which will help the two delivery partners get the key messages across to the people of Leicestershire.

The campaign is primarily aimed  at those who are aged 55+ who are deemed more susceptible to fraudulent approaches. It will look at some of the most common scams this age group encounter, and advise what people can do to protect themselves from becoming a victim of one. They will also be providing advice on how to report a scam and how to access help and advice.

Some of the hints and tips that are provided include:

  • Never disclose security details to anyone
  • Never send money or pay fees to claim prizes or lottery winnings
  • Don’t be afraid to put the phone down to cold callers or to end the call with a brief “No, thank you”
  • Take your time and don’t be pressured into a commitment – ask questions or seek a second opinion from someone you trust
  • Stay in control, don’t panic, ask questions

 

And the familiar, yet often ignored …. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

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For further information on the Tackling Fraud Together 2020 Programme, and how you can get involved, contact Outreach Solutions on 01457 869714 or visit www.tacklingfraud.org