'Brew with Stu' scams awareness tour begins!
Officials are taking to the road this month in a bid to protect people from falling prey to scams and fraud.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Stuart Tweedale and PCSO Nigel Wass will be touring the towns and villages of Lincolnshire to offer advice and support to protect people from conmen.
The tour, called Brew with Stu, is timed to coincide with Scams Awareness Month, which runs through June – with champions engaging with 345,000 during last year’s annual campaign.
During the journey around Lincolnshire the deputy PCC and PCSO will be offering residents tips on how to protect themselves and handing out leaflets and free tea bags.
The message will be that people should that listen to their own instincts and not be rushed. Just stopping and sitting down for a cup of tea while thinking can be enough to stop many of the simple mistakes that victims can make.
The tour will take in:
- Mon June 4 - Marshalls Yard Gainsborough starting at 09.30 until around 12.30 then moving onto Sturton by Stow, Saxilby and Skellingthorpe stopping for around 20 – 30 minutes at each village
- Wed June 6 - Sleaford Market Place starting at 09.30 until around 12.30 then moving onto RAF Cranwell, Ruskington and Metheringham stopping for around 20 – 30 minutes at each village
- Friday June 7 - Crowland - Starting at 09.30 until around 12.30 then moving onto Springfields and Baytree Garden Centre stopping for around 20 – 30 minutes at each village
Other dates will be planned later in the month.
Last year’s Citizens Advice report ‘Changing the story on scams’ found that almost three quarters of people surveyed had been targeted by a scam in the previous two years and over a third targeted five times or more.
Seven out of 10 of people targeted by a scam do not tell anyone about it, including friends, family or the organisation being impersonated, as well as the relevant authorities. £10.9 billion is the estimated amount lost each year to scams and fraud
“Spam emails, ‘suspicious activity’ alerts from your bank, news stories about data breaches; unfortunately, scams and fraud seem to have become part of our daily lives,” said Mr Tweedale.
“But we cannot and should not become complacent about the growing trend of scams. Thousands of vulnerable people are having their lives torn apart by these criminals and we should all be taking steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
“If even one person is protected from the harm these scams can cause then the miles we put on the road will be well worth it.”