It’s part of the National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, Friends Against Scams
Postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted specifically at disadvantaged consumers or those in periods of vulnerability. It is estimated that the detriment to UK consumers as a result of these scams is between £5 -10 billion a year.
Friends Against Scams was created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of their everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.
SCAMchampions are Friends Against Scams who want to do more to help their local community and make a difference. The volunteers who train as SCAMchampions will cascade messages about scams prevention and protection throughout the community and their workplaces.
They host awareness sessions to recruit Friends and drive the Friends Against Scams initiative forward. SCAMchampions attend additional training to give them a fuller understanding of the laws surrounding scams. They will also receive practical guidance on giving presentations.
If you think this could be something for you, or to find out more about the initiative, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org