Be Scam Aware

Scam Awareness fortnight is on currently – until 28th June

The National Audit Office (NAO) have estimated that individuals lose £10 billion a year due to online fraud. Scam Awareness Fortnight is focussing on raising awareness of the scams that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and offering advice on how to spot and report a scam.

Local MPs have previously been working with Sussex Police to highlight the fact that scammers are exploiting the coronavirus crisis to target new victims. The overall anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and scammers have sought to exploit this in various ways such as sending emails pretending to help people apply for government support schemes or knocking on constituents’ doors asking for money for fake charities.

If you think someone might be trying to scam you, it’s important to act straight away.

For more guidance, you can call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or visit their website here.