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Public Invited To Get Fraud Prevention Advice In Scarborough

Public Invited To Get Fraud Prevention Advice In Scarborough

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 26th February 2020.

The public is being invited to get advice against financial fraud in Scarborough today.

It is at Yorkshire Building Society on Westborough in the town from 10am until 3pm.

The event's called 'Take Five Over Tea' and it's open to everyone to get hints and tips on how not to become a victim of financial fraud.

Members of Yorkshire Building Society's fraud team will be there, as well as PCSO Nathan Stuart, who is Scarborough's Fraud Ambassador at North Yorkshire Police.

He said:

"The concept behind it is the idea of 'taking five'.

If you receive a phone call that sounds too good to be true, or sounds like there might be a problem, a good idea is to take five, come away from the phone, hang up, make yourself a cup of tea and sit and think about it before you actually go ahead and do something.

Don't feel pressured into being told that this, that, or the other must happen."

Maxine Hartley, branch manager at the Yorkshire Building Society in Scarborough, said: 

"Fraud scams can happen to anybody but older people are often targeted when it comes to financial fraud and in fact, financial fraud happens every fifteen seconds across the UK. 

What's more, two in five people have been personally affected by fraud, or know someone that has. 

By hosting our 'Take Five over Tea' session we hope to reach as many people as possible in Scarborough to raise awareness around this issue. 

We'll be talking about the common types of fraud and the things you can to do to prevent fraud in an informal setting offering friendly advice and a cup of tea.

I just think it's really, really important to get out there what's happening; to make sure customers, the public and the community of Scarborough are fully aware of what scams are happening.

They might not think it happens in a small seaside town like Scarborough, but we're just as vulnerable as the big cities. 

So it's just sitting down, having a conversation and just getting educated."

Take Five is a national campaign led by UK Finance, and backed by the Government, that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. 

This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud - particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

For more information on protecting yourself from fraud visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or  www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

 

 

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