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Don’t get scammed – get smart!

In today’s age of modern technology, everyone is potentially at risk from telephone and online scams, as well as doorstep fraudsters and mail scams.  So it was great that we were recently joined on OTY by Cambridgeshire’s Community Protection Manager, Charlotte Homent,  who gave us a wealth of useful information on how to spot, avoid and report a variety of scams!

In fact there was so much information we didn’t get through it all, so we will be having Charlotte back soon with even more advice on being scam-aware.

But don’t worry if you missed the show, because below is a range of useful contacts and links to help you become more aware and able to spot a bogus caller, dodgy deal or right rip-off! So check these out, and help stamp out scams in our region!

For advice about suspected scams, contact Citizens Advice 03454 04 05 06 www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk – the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre

Get yourself educated online with Friends Against Scams training www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire – short, express 20 minute scams training. Once completed you become a Friend Against Scams and can obtain your free pin badge by contacting charlotte.homent@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

To obtain a door sticker to deter doorstep traders, contact Cambridgeshire County Council Contact Centre on 0345 045 5200

And you can follow @AgainstScams on Twitter.