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.
As part of his Fraud campaign, the Commissioner is also asking for your experiences and thoughts in relation to fraud and scams. The survey should take less than 3 minutes to complete, and will open in a new browser window.
The Commissioner is running a Scamnesty, which is designed to allow members of the public to hand in suspected fraud mails or flyers. Suspected scams collected during the Scamnesty 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 will be 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||Bishop’s Waltham|
(from 2 October)
(from 1 October)
In addition to these locations, the Commissioner’s team will have Scamnesty Boxes available at these events:
|Friday 12 October||9.30am – 3.30pm||Friday Fraud Roadshow|
|Friday 19 October||9.30am – 3.30pm||Friday Fraud Roadshow|
|Friday 19 October||10am – 2pm||55+ Info Fest and Winter Warmth
Thorngate Hall, Gosport
|Friday 26 October||9.30am – 3.30pm||Friday Fraud Roadshow|
|Friday 30 November||11am – 4pm||Financial Scam Smart Day
Marriot Hotel, Portsmouth
(Tickets to be booked in advance)
If you have received any suspected scam emails, these can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org for analysis.
On Friday 23 November, Crimestoppers will be raising awareness of cyber crime at an event in Winchester. The event includes lunch, so there is a small charge.
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 pick one up at our events above, read the guide at any Scamnesty Box or Citizen’s Advice Bureau location.
The Victim Care Service are also available to advise residents about the different types of support they can offer to anyone affected by crime.