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The Victim Care and Advice Service reaches its 1000th Friend Against Scams

Posted : 17/09/2018

A thousand people across Cleveland have had their knowledge about scams boosted thanks to free workshops delivered by Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS).

Friends Against Scams workshops were developed by National Trading Standards to help people spot the signs of scams and understand how to protect themselves against the most common types of scams.

The sessions have been delivered to community groups across Cleveland by VCAS, the independent support service developed and funded by Police and Crime Commissioners Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg.

As part of Scams Awareness Month, mum Jackie Reilly became the 1000th person to complete the Friends Against Scams workshop and received a special certificate from PCC Barry Coppinger.

She said: “I am so glad I decided to go along to one of the Friends Against Scams workshops and would encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the latest scams to book a session.

“It’s only an hour or so of your time and the informative facilitators equip you with a lot of tips and tricks to stay safe from scammers.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “Residents contact me regularly about their fears of being ripped off or scammed, so it’s fantastic to know 1000 people have improved their knowledge about the danger of scams.

“The best way to protect against scams and online crime is prevention. These free workshops give people like Jackie all the information they need to protect themselves and those around them from the most costly scams.”

VCAS Service Manager, Dave Mead, said: “It’s been a pleasure to deliver the Friends Against Scams workshops to groups across Cleveland and it is important that we inform as many people as possible about how easy it is to protect yourself against scams.

“Often people think our sessions are only for the vulnerable or the elderly, but the scary thing about scams is that anyone can become a victim. I would encourage people who want to know more about scams to sign up to one of our free sessions.”

Any group interested in receiving FREE training about scams can book a session by contacting Victim Care and Advice Service on 0303 040 1099.

(L-R) VCAS Volunteer Roger Hildersley, 1000th Friend Against Scams Jackie Reilly, PCC Barry Coppinger and VCAS Cleveland Manager Dave Mead


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