Act on scams
‘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 ….
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.
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.
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.
Remind everyone that they shouldn’t be rushed – genuine organisations won’t mind waiting
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”
The 12 Online Frauds of Christmas
In the countdown to Christmas lots of Islanders will be going online to buy presents for friends and family, search for holidays, book tickets for a big gig or send an electronic Christmas card.Read More
It’s time to spring clean your internet connected devices…
Jersey Police, Airtel-Vodafone, Sure, JT & Digital Jersey endorse the ‘Get Safe Online’ campaign for us all to spring clean our computers, laptops, tablets & phones, to help prevent you from becoming a victim of cybercrime.
This follows recent research revealing over half of Brits have experienced an online crime – it seems that people are not taking the necessary precautions to protect their technology. Just one in four puts security software on their mobiles or tablets (26% and 25% respectively), putting them at a significantly higher risk of spyware, spam, viruses and fraud.Read More
What is the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum
The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum will seek to develop a coordinated and strategic approach to the protection of the Island’s general public from investment frauds and scams between the agencies concerned. J
A number of local agencies have joined forces to help protect islanders from fraud and scams. The launch will initiate the first of many campaigns to highlight and raise awareness of the dangers of fraud in particular phone and mail scams.Read More
Protecting your Personal Data
Do you really know what you’re doing?
In this fast moving and sometimes expensive world in which we live, it is no surprise that we do whatever we can to make life easier, more efficient and more cost effective for ourselves. We subscribe to online newspapers and magazines so we don’t have to take a trip down the road in the rain to buy one off the shelf. We fill our wallets with loyalty cards because ‘points make prizes’ (or savings on our weekly shop at least).Read More
Do you get annoyed when you fill in a form and have to enter your phone number even when you know that the company doesn’t really need it?
Your privacy is valuable – protect your phone number with trueCall38! – suggested by Which Consumer Group.
What are they going to do with it? Who will they give it to?Read More
Dealing with Scams
Top tips for dealing with SCAMS
If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
It you haven’t bought a ticket – you can’t win it.
You shouldn’t have to pay anything to get a prize.
If in doubt, don’t reply. Bin it, delete it or hang up.
Be-Safe top tips: Think before you post! Beat Cyberbullying!
Parents and youngsters are advised to regularly talk to each other parents about their youngster’s digital and online experiences. This should include experiences on all devices such as phones, texts, apps and game consoles. Encourage youngsters to talk to either parents and/or teachers about any bullying that may encounter online, and to avoid retaliation, keeping any evidence of the conversations or posts. Remembering to always keep passwords private.
The ‘Postcard Test’ is a useful example to use – youngsters are encouraged to think before they post and assess their messages, deciding whether they would be happy for anyone to read it, like an open postcard… if not… they don’t post the message!
Youngsters are in control of their digital footprint and ultimately they are responsible for pressing that send buttonRead More
Worried that you’ve been scammed or even tempted to share your information?
DO NOT be ashamed or embarrassed. Scammers are so clever now a days that everyone is at risk. Report the scam or ‘possible’ scam to help try to stop the scammers.
There are hundreds of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures, investment scams, clairvoyants and psychics, on-line dating, career opportunities, work from home schemes and the list goes on….Read More