Awareness sessions protecting Tameside from fraudsters

Date Released - 05/06/2018

TAMESIDE residents are being given advice and equipment to protect them from fraudsters.

Tameside Council has held Scam Awareness sessions across the borough to keep people one step ahead of swindlers.

The latest session took place at Dukinfield Town Hall during National Scam Awareness Month with one hundred over 55s from community group Dukinfield Time of Your Life attending.

The council’s Neighbourhood North Project Officer Sue Moorcroft has delivered the session to more than 500 residents in 19 community groups so far.

She gave helpful tips on staying safe from scams and fraud, which incorporated handling personal identity, dealing with cold callers, internet safety and home security.

Pamela Sweeney, from Dukinfield Time of Your Life, said: “The session was very good. I think the information is important and members will have found it useful.”

The sessions are part of a Financial Abuse Awareness programme run by the council that last year included a conference for partner organisations and practitioners as well as sessions in the community.

It’s also part of the council’s Our Streets campaign, which is bringing the local authority and public together to create a cleaner, greener, safer borough.

The council also provides Think Jessica Booklets, which aims to protect elderly and vulnerable people from postal and phone scams, personal safety mini alarms and purse bells, as well as information about the Trading Standards Buy with Confidence Scheme.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “As scams, fraud and doorstep crime are becoming more sophisticated, our Scam Awareness programme is a vital resource giving residents the information they need to help keep them safe and secure. This partnership work helps unite the community and I would urge people to heed the advice given.”

Helpful tips include:

Protecting your identity

Money

Doorstep Sales

On the Telephone

Using the Internet

If you suspect you’ve been scammed ask someone you trust or turn to the police, Tameside Council, Citizens Advice or Home Instead. For more advice visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk



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