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'Day of Action' tackles fraud in the community

Due to the recent increase in the number of reports of telephone fraud in Dorset, officials from the police, Trading Standards and Barclays and NatWest banks are holding fraud awareness events next week.

Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officers from Dorset Police, representatives from Dorset Trading Standards and staff from local Barclays and NatWest branches are coming together to educate local people on how to bank safely and avoid being caught out by fraudsters.

Presentations about scams, including phone and bank fraud, will be given to attendees along with general crime prevention advice and leaflet handouts.

Everyone is welcome to go to the events, which will be held on Wednesday 6 May 2015, at the following venues:

  • Dorford Centre, Dorchester - between 9.30am and 11.30am
  • United Reform Church, Dorchester - between 2pm and 4pm
  • Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe – between 9.30am and 11am

To book your free place, please visit the Barclays branch in Dorchester or the NatWest branch in Christchurch.

Download poster for Dorford Centre & United Reform Church events (748kb PDF)

Download poster for Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe event (747kb PDF)

Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Steve Marsh, said: “This is a great opportunity for local residents to learn about a number of scams currently operating in the county. It will hopefully encourage people to take sensible, yet simple measures to help themselves avoid becoming victims of such crimes.

“Telephone fraud has cost the county over one million pounds in just over one year, so we’re hoping that people will remember that the police and banks will NEVER ask anyone for their account number of PIN details over the phone.

“People can go away from the event armed with knowledge which they can pass on to their relatives, friends and neighbours and help prevent them from becoming victims of fraud too.”

Sue Ames, Branch Manager at Barclays Dorchester, said: “At Barclays, we are working closely with the police and Trading Standards to try to prevent people being caught by rogue traders and fraudsters. 

“Colleagues in our branches continue to be vigilant and will often question customers if they feel they could be under duress when asking to withdraw large sums of money, especially the elderly.

“We hope this event will help to raise awareness of the different kinds of fraud and scams in existence.”

Branch Manager of NatWest, Christchurch, Ryan Chapman, added: “We are seeing increased numbers of our local community become the victims of these different scams and frauds.

“We are hoping that through events like this, we can help make the local community more aware of how to avoid becoming victims to these awful scammers and fraudsters.

“We welcome anyone to come in and talk to us in any of our branches if they have any concerns or questions about how to spot and avoid scams.”  

Richard Herringshaw, Principal Trading Standards Officer, added: “This event is part of our ongoing campaign to raise awareness of how to avoid scams and rogue traders which operate in Dorset.

“It is heart breaking when you have to deal with the victim of a scam or rogue traders. This work is aimed at preventing people becoming victims.

“To report problem traders to Trading Standards call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506."

Issued: 29 April 2015