Friday, 29 June 2012

Get Your Free Anti-Scam Guide

Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to 'scammers' who bombard people with on-line, postal, door-to-door and telephone scams.  Officers from the Met's Specialist and Economic Crime Directorate have produced a comprehensive fraud prevention booklet entitled, The Little Book of Big Scams.  The guide explains some of the most common scams, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, and provides the reader with essential advice to reduce the chances of them being parted from their money.  Tips are included on how to avoid door to door scams, bank and payment card scams, mobile phone scams and Internet scams as well as handy hints everyone can read to protect themselves.

Scammers target people from all backgrounds and income levels - anyone can fall victim to fraud.  This booklet is primarily aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in society, as they are particularly at risk, but anyone who reads it will benefit.  The MPS Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was joined by Esther Rantzen and Gary Fitzgerald, (CEO of Action on Elder Abuse), to launch 
The Little Book of Big Scams, on Friday 15 June, to coincide with 'World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’, said:

"We know the best way to fight these fraudsters is to take steps to prevent people from being caught out in the first place. That is why we have produced 
The Little Book of Big Scams.  My officers have seen the devastating effects scams have on people and their families.  This comprehensive guide will go a long way in helping to reduce the number of victims of fraud and will undoubtedly make it harder for the scammers of this world to succeed. There are a number of people out there intent on conning people out of their hard earned money so I urge people to take caution when confronted with what appears to be a deal of a lifetime; remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

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