2021 Scams Awareness Campaign, which will take place from 14 – 27 June.
This annual campaign is all about creating a network of confident, #ScamAware consumers who are able to recognise a scam, report it to the appropriate agency and talk about their experiences to help raise public awareness of scams.
Through the Scams Awareness campaign the CAB and its partner agencies want to:
Equip consumers with the knowledge and skills they need to recognise scams
Empower people to take action by getting advice and reporting scams
Encourage people to talk about their experiences and help others
Resources to help teach consumers about scams
Citizens Advice scams advice pages. Citizens Advice offers free advice and helps people to find a way forward. You can also contact the consumer service for free consumer advice, including advice on scams at 0808 223 1133 Scams Awareness Fortnight – Citizens Advice
Friends Against Scams. Run by the National Trading Standards scams team, the campaign aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities and businesses to ’Take a Stand Against Scams’.
The Pensions Regulator has handy downloads for consumers to help them spot pension scams.
The Money Advice Service offers free and impartial money advice, including advice about scams.
The Financial Conduct Authority has a register of authorised financial firms at www.fca.org.uk/register and a list of firms which have been implicated in scams. The FCA website also has advice to help investors avoid falling victim to scammers and a Scam Smart game showing examples of investment scams.
Get Safe Online are an organisation aimed at informing consumers to protect themselves from online scams with factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.
www.cyberaware.gov.uk is a website launched by the government aimed at helping the public and small businesses to spot and avoid fraud, by raising awareness and promoting digital security for online users.
Led by UK Finance and backed by the government, Take Five is a national awareness campaign providing advice and tips for consumers on how to protect themselves from financial fraud.
Help for people who have been scammed
Think Jessica is a charity that raises awareness of scams that target elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes, including by telephone, the postal system and on the doorstep.
Victim Support gives free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. Call 0808 1689 111.
Age UK has local branches around the UK providing help and support for older people. Call the national line for free on 0800 678 1602