The Consumer Council, Trading Standards Service and PSNI are raising awareness of scams during Scams Awareness Month this July.
According to the Consumer Council, almost one in five Northern Ireland consumers have been a victim of a scam in the last three years.
With this in mind the three organisations have joined forces to launch a new ‘Know the signs... stop the crime’ scams leaflet, to help raise awareness of the different types of scams, things to look out for and how to report a scam.
Ronan Convery from the Consumer Council explained: “Our research shows a significant number of consumers have been the victim of a scam in the last three years. Scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated so we urge consumers to request a leaflet and learn what to look out for.”
Laura Kane of the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service added: “Scams are constantly evolving and the best way to stay protected is to know the signs of a scam and keep up to date with any new tricks scammers may be using. Visit the Northern Ireland Trading Standards Service Facebook page for regular updates on the latest scams.”
Discussing the new leaflet, Inspector Gabriel Moran said: “The threat of fraud, both online and offline against the public is a constant focus for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
“Scammers and fraudsters are inventive and the schemes they use are varied but the aim remains the same-to take money from unsuspecting members of the public. We all need to be vigilant of any contact from an unsolicited source, whether that is from doorstep callers, telephone, mail or online. Education is our best weapon, preventing people from becoming victims.”
If you want to report a scam contact either Consumerline on 0300 123 62 62 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40.
To download a copy of the ‘Know the signs, stop the crime’ scams leaflet visit www.consumercouncil.org.uk or call freephone 0800 121 6022 for a free copy.