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Preventing Doorstep Crime, Fraud and Scams

Following on from attending the ‘Preventing Doorstep Crime, Fraud and Scams Event’ hosted by Northamptonshire Police, the Daventry and District Over 50’s Forum (DDF) has signed up to the ‘Friends Against Scams’ initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.

DDF has made a pledge to spread awareness amongst their 700+ membership throughout Daventry and district, and to all other partners in support of the National Trading Standards Scams Team.

  • 53% of people aged 65+ have been targeted by scams and criminals
  • Scams cost the UK £5-10 billion each year.
  • Anyone can be a scam victim, regardless of age, gender, education or economic background.
  • Scam victims might not always admit (or be aware) that they are a victim of a scam. Only 5% of victims report the crime.
  • Scams are the product of organised, predatory criminals who gain trust to exploit and steal money.

The age range of scam victims is 19 – 106 years old. Please see below information on who to contact to report or get advice. Scams are a crime, if you feel that an individual is in immediate danger contact 999. If there is no immediate threat, report the crime via the non-emergency number 101.

Please visit https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/become-a-friend and https://www.thinkjessica.com/where you can order the ‘Don’t Fall for a scam’ booklet from the Charity called Think Jessica, who help protect elderly and vulnerable people from being victims to scams. Copies of this booklet were given out at DDF’s last forum, they are a valuable source of information and includes a ‘no cold-calling’ window sign that residents can display.