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Play YOUR Part

June 30, 2017 Consumer Skills, Home life, Scams No Comments
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Act on scams

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‘PLAY YOUR PART’

Behind every deceptive money grabbing, life destroying SCAM & Fraud there is a crooked plot – acted out by unscrupulous people. Every plot has room for at least one walk on part and that’s where you and I can change the script.

 

July is the Citizens Advice National Scams Awareness month ‘PLAY YOUR PART’ and Citizens Advice Jersey is spreading the word about scams to help stop more people across the Island from being conned.

 

Malcolm Ferey, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Jersey says

 

“Being scammed can ruin people’s finances. During Scams Awareness Month we’re encouraging people to play their part in preventing scams by reporting them and telling others about them.”

 

Play YOUR Part ….

Communicator

Ask your friends, family and contacts to share a story about a recent unwanted call, they have received, an unwanted email, text or letter with you or their friends. Encourage open discussions about SCAMS.

Sharer

Share the FACTOID that 45% of people think that hearing someone’s voice makes it easier to judge their honesty. Remember, they are still strangers! #TakeFive.

Messenger

Check your consent box – to tick or not to tick the box allowing your personal information to be captured by legitimate companies and then shared or sold to affiliated/third parties simply because a consent tick box had been missed.

Reminder

Remind everyone that they shouldn’t be rushed – genuine organisations won’t mind waiting

The Companion

Let others know to listen to and TRUST their instincts – if it doesn’t feel right walk away.

Only 5% of all scams are reported so there’s so many more plots of horror we don’t even know about yet. Which makes it so hard to help those affected or to prevent others from becoming a part of the SCAM.

Scams are becoming highly sophisticated and often use grooming social skills to prey on communities.

The charity is being supported by the Consumer Council and Trading Standards to help spread the word throughout Scams Awareness Month, a campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams that starts on Saturday 1 July, 2017.

Executive Officer of the Consumer Council, Anne King hopes that our island community spirit will play a pivotal part in keeping people safe from the emotional trauma and impacts of financial loss.

She goes on to challenge islanders to select the PART they can PLAY

Alison De Bourcier, Director of Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards in support says that:

“Trading Standards is actively supporting this campaign, the aim is to reduce the risk and impact of scams and fraud by raising awareness and encouraging Islanders to take action – recognising, reporting and talking about scams.

We all need to play our part in stopping this menace”


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