Scams Awareness Fortnight – 15th-28th June 2020

Word scam in warning triangle

The Citizens Advice annual scams awareness campaign aims to create a network of confident and alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam.

This year’s campaign will take place over two weeks, from 15 to 28 June 2020. It’ll focus on raising awareness of the scams that have emerged as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

This year protecting people against scams is more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing issues from employment and debt, to housing and health, resulting in more people being in vulnerable situations. Added to this, the overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.

Help us spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and that we can all take a stand to help stop them. There are actions we can all take to report them, share stories and raise awareness of scams to safeguard ourselves and others.

We will be supporting the scams awareness campaign using virtual methods, so please look out for our newsletter and social media posts.

Surrey Police have teamed up with national police forces across the county to launched Operation Signature

A short film to help protect vulnerable victims of fraud by Sussex Police.

A short film to spot the warning signs of fraud and scams by Sussex Police.

Useful links:

Action Fraud

Age UK – Scams

Friends Against Scams

National Cyber Crime Agency

Surrey Trading Standards

Surrey Police – The Little Book of Scams

Take Five – Stop Fraud

Useful Resources:

Citizens Advice Scam resources (please note these are dated 2019, due to COVID-19)

SSAB Scam guidance leaflet

Social Media Scams (jpeg image)