North Kesteven District Council pledge to join the fight against scams
North Kesteven District Council has signed up to be a Friends Against Scams Organisation – joining forces with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and Lincolnshire Police to battle fraudsters.
Last year Deputy PCC Stuart Tweedale took on a role in the Friends Against Scams campaign as one of only 45 SCAMbassadors across the UK.
Then Lincolnshire Police 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.
Now NKDC has become the first organization outside the policing community to join the campaign, run by National Trading Standards.
The council was presented with a special certificate this week in recognition of their initiative and front line staff were given awareness training from Mr Tweedale and Lincolnshire Police on the risks posed to customers by scams of all types.
“These despicable crimes can have a terrible impact, both financially and psychologically, on our elderly and vulnerable residents,” said Mr Tweedale.
“These scam artists are contemptable, and we must all unite to ensure we protect our communities from their shameful crimes. That is why I am so delighted that North Kesteven has stepped forward to join the campaign.”
Philip Roberts, Corporate Director at North Kesteven District Council, said: “The training was invaluable in that it highlighted the tell-tale signs that scams are taking place and the tools to help bring this type of fraud to an end.
“It was clear from the training that there are a number of examples where customers have indeed been scammed, whether through postal fraud, doorstep crime or through online scams. All such incidents amount to crimes and as a result of this programme the Council will be rolling out the training to all front line officers so that it can raise awareness of these issues as far and wide as possible.
“We all have a responsibility to reduce incidents of such crimes and clearly, because of our contact with so many customers, we are in a position to help protect people.”
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.
For more information on the campaign visit the Friends Against Scams website.