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.
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The Commissioner was running a Scamnesty, which was designed to allow members of the public to hand in suspected fraud mails or flyers. Suspected scams collected during the Scamnesty are now being analysed to provide better intelligence about the types of scams that target residents across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton.
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The Commissioner’s team are also distributing 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. You can read the guide online, or speak to your local Neighbourhood Watch group (link at the bottom of the page).
The Victim Care Service are also available to advise residents about the different types of support they can offer to anyone affected by crime.