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Scam-busting programme set up to protect Bexley from falling victim to tricksters

PUBLISHED: 10:38 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 19 September 2017

A nationwide scheme to fight scams has been set up

A nationwide scheme to fight scams has been set up

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The Friend Against Scams programme has been promoted by the council

A campaign aimed at uniting communities against scammers has been launched in the Bexley.

The Friends Against Scams scheme is running across the country, and Bexley Council Trading Standards is encouraging residents to sign up.

By increasing awareness and providing public information on the scams residents can often fall victim, the scheme hopes to reduce the number of people falling victim to tricksters.

Cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure Peter Craske said: “Only 5 per cent of people affected report scams. Let’s work together to stop these scams and to protect residents in Bexley. This is an opportunity for local people to share information on scams and to get tips on how to spot one. By sharing information and raising awareness we can help protect the rest of the community and stop these criminals in their tracks.”

Over 50 per cent of over 65s have been targeted by scams and each year scams cost consumers between £5bn and £10bn.

To sign up visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk.

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