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Citizens Advice Rushmoor helps people get clued up on spotting scams

Citizens Advice Rushmoor is running two community based activities to help local people spot potential scams.  These are part of a national Scams Awareness campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams.

People will learn about the spotting the common signs of a scam, such as receiving an offer that sounds “too good to be true” or being told to pay upfront for an item or service.

Local residents will also be encouraged to report scams so that the police can take action, and they can get advice on how to try and get their money back.

On Thursday 13th June from 10am to 2pm the Citizens Advice Rushmoor team will be in the Wellington Centre in Aldershot, to answer questions, raise awareness and share information about how to prevent scams.  Then the following week, on Thursday 20th June the team will be out again in Farnborough this time from 10am to 2pm to make sure awareness is spread right across Rushmoor.

Alex Hughes, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Rushmoor, said:

‘Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware’ is our message to people in Aldershot and Farnborough.

“We’re finding that although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue.

“People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed talking about, or reporting their experiences, but sadly this means scammers are getting away scot-free.

“In reality, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope this event, together with our Scams Awareness campaign, will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money.”

If people are in doubt about whether or not an offer is genuine, they should contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or their local Citizens Advice.

If people have been scammed they should report it to Action Fraud.