Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane has launched a Scamnesty campaign to encourage people to report scams and to provide advice to help local people avoid becoming victims of fraud. The campaign involves a new online ‘Safer Pack’, Scamnesty ‘post boxes’ and Friday Fraud Roadshows.
Hampshire Constabulary receives over 700 reports of fraud or attempted fraud each month. Many of these are targeting elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and the consequences can be extremely damaging both financially and emotionally for the victims.
The Police and Crime Commissioner and his team can provide advice on how to identify and avoid fraud, with free Safer Packs which have tips on recognising different types of fraud, and information about how to access support if you think you or someone you know has been a victim. To download and print at home visit www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/scamnesty
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“As a SCAMbassador for the national Trading Standards campaign, I am looking forward to raising awareness about the impact, financially and emotionally, that fraud has on residents.”
Scamnesty ‘post boxes’ are available across the policing area at libraries and Citizen’s Advice locations for anyone to post suspected scam letters or junk mail. Suspected scams collected in the Scamnesty boxes will be analysed to provide better intelligence about the types of scams that target residents across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton.
Scamnesty boxes are available throughout September at these locations:
|Portsmouth Libraries||Southampton Libraries||Citizen’s Advice Bureau Locations|
|Central Library||Hartley (University)||Basingstoke||New Milton|
|Mobile Library||Central Library||Petersfield||Portsmouth|
|Alderman Lacey||Lymington||Bishops Waltham|
From the 28 September, the Police and Crime Commissioner will be working with Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards, and other partners to provide the Friday Fraud Roadshows. The Roadshow will visit locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to help residents be more aware of fraud and how to avoid it.