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Lincolnshire OPCC and Lincolnshire Police become a Friends Against Scams Organisation

  • Published: 17-10-2017 at 10:10

The crime commissioner’s office and Lincolnshire Police have joined forces in the fight to protect people from scam artists.

Last month Deputy PCC Stuart Tweedale took on a role in the Friends Against Scams campaign as one of only 45 SCAMbassadors across the UK.

Now Lincolnshire Police has also joined the campaign as a Friends Against Scams Organisation – making Lincolnshire the first county in the UK to have both the PCC and local force signed up.

A Friends Against Scams Organisation commits to training staff as Friends Against Scams. Through training staff, an organisation is helping to spread the messages of Friends Against Scams and make a difference together.

Each year cons cause cost UK residents between £5bn and £10bn. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

“My office has put the protection of vulnerable people high on the list of priorities and the move to join the campaign has been an important step in tackling these despicable crimes,” said PCC Marc Jones.

“Stuart has always been very passionate about addressing this issue and I think his drive to become one of a few dozen SCAMbassadors has been of great benefit to our communities.

“Now we can step up the work even more with the force joining the campaign.”

For more information about becoming a Friend Against Scams including the full campaign pack, please visit http://www.tradingstandards.uk/standagainstscams or contact the TSI policy team policy@tsi.org.uk