Scams and nuisance calls
Every year thousands of people within the UK fall victim to scams. Scammers are professional fraudsters who set up well-organised scams to steal personal and financial information. This is a multi-million pound industry with new scams being developed and evolve constantly. It is therefore extremely important to be vigilant and aware of when something is likely to be a scam.
Shropshire Council’s Trading Standards team has a dedicated Scams Officer who is visiting community groups and alerting people to the dangers of scams generally, and offering support and guidance on scams that are current to that time and geographical area.
Scams can take many forms including cold calls, text messages, emails and letters and can often appear genuine. They normally involve telling the victim they have won a competition, often with a prize of cash, jewellery or other high priced items. As soon as you provide ANY details to one of these scams they will be passed on to others and you could be at risk to more junk mail and nuisance calls.
At Shropshire Council we are dedicated to raising awareness within the community of Shropshire to pre-arm people against these scammers, and providing various platforms where people can share their experiences to prevent scams being repeated.
To report a scam, please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you are a victim of scam and need advice, you can seek support from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.