Force to Provide Lockdown Scam Prevention Packs to Community

Sent in by Councillor Richard MacRae: Nottinghamshire Police officers from the Fraud Protect Team are to provide prevention packs across the county to help vulnerable people as fraud reports increase during lockdown.

Fraudsters continue to target the elderly and vulnerable this year.

Action Fraud have received more than 4,500 reports of fraudulent activity in Nottinghamshire since March to October 2020.

Now officers are aiming to help those who might fall for lockdown scams by posting out advice leaflets ahead of Black Friday and to mark the end of fraud awareness week.

Fraud & Cyber Protect Officer Fiona Price said: “The team have put a lot of effort in to create these packs and try to help people.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who would benefit in receiving these prevention packs.

“We are especially keen to ensure the elderly and vulnerable people have this information to hand so they aren’t a victim this winter, especially in these strange times when they might be isolated due to lockdown.

“The packs are full of tips, advice and information which will help prevent people for falling for future scams.

“If you would like to receive the pack please get in touch. We can then send a scam awareness pack out to that person to make them aware of scams during lockdown.

“We will be handing them out on a first come first serve basis, with 150 packs available, but if there is more demand, we can try to extend this.”

The packs include information of covid-19 scams, common telephone scams, courier fraud, as well as what you can do online to stay safe.

If you would like to receive a pack please email: NottsProtect@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

To find out more information please visit our website: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/fraud

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud, please report the incident to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040.

If you think you’ve lost money through a scam, please call police on 101 so they can preserve evidence as quickly as possible.

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