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Be #ScamAware

Published: 17 June 2021

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Don't get caught out when booking your post-lockdown break

Spam emails and phone calls, 'suspicious activity' alerts from your bank, news stories about data breaches – unfortunately, scams and fraud seem to have become part of our daily lives. They can affect anyone and they can cause a lot of harm.

Trading Standards are supporting the national 2021 Scams Awareness Campaign which runs from 14 to 27 June. It's all about creating a network of confident #ScamAware consumers who can:

  • recognise a scam
  • know how to report it
  • share their experiences to help protect others by raising awareness of scams.

Last year, we saw an increase in scams relating to coronavirus as fraudsters tried to take advantage of all the uncertainty of the pandemic. As the country moves towards economic recovery, scams continue to be a prevalent issue.

Thinking of booking a post-lockdown holiday? Last year, Action Fraud reported 73% of holiday fraud victims were 19-50 years old and 62% were scammed on Facebook. Check out our Sun, Seas and Scams video below to make sure you get the break you deserve.

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Nuisance calls pose a significant scam risk. Find out how installing a trueCall device can block over 95% of unwanted phone calls by visiting the truCall website.

Trading Standards have helped thousands of people seeking help with scams, with more calls to the consumer service and reports to Action Fraud. Head to the Trading Standards advice web pages for more advice or to report a scam.

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