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Scam Awareness Stall

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Come and see us tomorrow (30/06) 1-5 at St Lawrence Doctors Surgery Worthing.

PCSO Fulcher will be available to answer your questions and talk about Scams and Fraud to help kick off Scam awareness month throughout July.

Operation Signature is the force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex.

Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people

Did you know?
  • 1 in 5 people fall victim to scams every year
  • Nearly 50% of all adults have been targeted by a scam
Technology is enabling fraudsters to carry out attacks quicker and employ more complex behaviours to remain undetected.
What kinds of scams are there?
Common fraud types are:
  • Mail scams: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
  • Investment scams: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
  • Romance scams: the scammer meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
  • Courier scams: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
  • Fraud recovery scam: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.
Want to find out more come and see us tomorrow (30/06) at St Lawrence Surgery.

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