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Citizens Advice Stevenage helps people get clued up on spotting scams
Citizens Advice Stevenage are holding an event in the town centre on Friday 15th June to help people know when they’ve been targeted with a scam and how they can report it.

The event is part of Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams. It comes as Citizens Advice has seen a rise in cases reported in the year ending April 2018.

Action Fraud referred 1,073 crimes to police forces in Hertfordshire between April 2016 – March 2017. The top frauds involved plastic card, online bank accounts and online shopping with the top enablers being phones, emails and online sales.

Citizens Advice Stevenage are running an event to empower people so they “Don’t miss a trick” and are aware of the types of scams in the local area. You can visit them on Friday 15th June next to the fountain in Stevenage Town Centre between 10am – 2pm.

Attendees will be encouraged to watch out for scammers and report them to the police to try and get their money back and help stop others being targeted.

Top Tips
  • Be suspicious if you’re contacted out of the blue, even if it’s from a name you recognise.
  • Don’t be rushed – you never need to make a decision straight away.
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Never send money to someone you have never met.
  • Never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you.
  • Walk away from job ads that ask for money in advance.
  • Genuine computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.
  • Suspect a scam? Hang up, wait give minutes to clear the line or use another phone to call.

Actions
  • Visit the Citizens Advice Stevenage website for advice.
  • Call Citizens Advice Stevenage on 03444 111 444.
  • Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or @actionfrauduk on Twitter.
  • Tell friends, family and neighbours about scams.
  • Get involved in the conversation using the #scamaware hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.