Scams awareness

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Scams awareness has a yearly campaign which aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they see a scam. This year's campaign will take place over two weeks, from the 10 June 2019 to 23 June 2019.

Whether you're an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and your family from scams, or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts during the campaign are important.

Help us spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and we don't need to be embarrassed if we fall victim to them. 

  • Almost three quarters of people have been targeted by scammers in the last 2 years either via mail, phone calls, text messages, emails, online and face to face.
  • Over a third of people have been targeted 5 times or more.
  • It is estimated that £10.9 billion is lost to scams and fraud every year.

Don’t be the next statistic, be a step ahead of the scammers and be #scamaware.

Click on the following images for top tips on how to beat the scammers.

You can also avoid being the victim of scam by using a business you know you can trust. Take a look at our Trading Standards Accredited (TSA) website where you will find details of local businesses who are signed up to the scheme. All businesses are checked by Trading Standards and must have relevant insurances, they also sign up to the TSA Code of Practice. In the unlikely event of a problem, the TSA team will work with the customer and member to agree a resolution.

The website is easy to use, search for a member by business category or there’s a handy A-Z. Simply enter your postcode, choose a trade area and your search results will be listed based on members nearest you. If you do not have access to the internet please telephone our contact centre on 01952 381818 and we will carry out the search for you. You don’t have to be a Telford and Wrekin resident, everyone is welcome to use the TSA scheme.

An unwanted traders poster asking them not to knock the door
An unwanted traders poster asking them not to knock the door

Reduce the number of unwanted callers knocking at your door by displaying a copy of our no cold calling sign. Download and print off a copy at home and display it where someone intending to knock at your door would easily spot it. Alternatively, pick up a ‘self sticking’ copy from the following locations:

  • Southwater One 
  • Darby House
  • Citizens Advice, Wellington
  • Brookside, Woodside and Sutton Hill Community Centres
  • Newport Library.

To learn more about scams and to help raise awareness, we invite you to take a stand against scams and check out the National Trading Standards Scams Team 'Friends Against Scams' campaign.

Other useful links to help you beat the scammers:

Register to reduce the amount of unwanted and unsolicited marketing you receive: 

A row of icons for companies involved in scam awareness month