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November 17th – 23rd 2019 was International Fraud Awareness Week, presenting the opportunity for anti-fraud professionals to come together with the local community to take measures to protect themselves against fraud.
Safe in Tees Valley’s support service, Victim Care & Advice (VCAS) is service designed to help those affected by crime. VCAS delivered fraud awareness sessions throughout the week across Teesside, Redcar and Hartlepool.
Day one of fraud prevention partnered with Cleveland Police and Redcar Neighbourhood Police Team in delivering a workshop at Radio Hartlepool. The event was well attended and the four routes of fraud were explored.
Day two, VCAS partnered with the North East Cyber Crime Unit and Cleveland Police in delivering a workshop at Barclay bank. Measures to protect against cold caller and potential scammers were discussed.
Day three explored money mules and the targeting of young people. VCAS partnered with UK Finance and Cifas.
Day four was the delivery of a Friends against Scams training at Santander. Citizens Advice and Trading Standards attended the event and VCAS explored measures such as ‘take 5 to stop fraud,’ VCAS call blockers which are installed in people’s homes by VCAS and various other measures to prevent being a victim of fraud.
Day five and the final day of fraud week was joined by Hartlepool Council, Citizens Advice Hartlepool and Cleveland Police, each with stalls for members of the public to seek advice and support.