Scamnesty

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.

READ THE SAFER PACK

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 Locations

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
Paulsgrove Bitterne Alton Aldershot
Beddow Lordshill Eastleigh Farnborough
North End Portswood Fareham Southampton
Cosham Shirley Gosport Tadley
Southsea Woolston Fleet Andover
Portsea Havant Romsey
Carnegie Newport Winchester
Alderman Lacey Lymington Bishop’s Waltham
Ringwood
(from 2 October)
Yateley
(from 1 October)

 

In addition to these locations, the Commissioner’s team will have Scamnesty Boxes available at these events:

Date Time Location
Friday 12 October 9.30am – 3.30pm Friday Fraud Roadshow

Tesco, Ryde IOW

Friday 19 October 9.30am – 3.30pm Friday Fraud Roadshow

Tesco, New Milton

Friday 19 October 10am – 2pm 55+ Info Fest and Winter Warmth

Thorngate Hall, Gosport

Friday 26 October 9.30am – 3.30pm Friday Fraud Roadshow

Tesco, Andover

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 pcc.scamnesty@gmail.com 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.

 

 

Safer Pack

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.

Read the Safer Pack online

Download the Safer Pack guides

 

The Victim Care Service are also available to advise residents about the different types of support they can offer to anyone affected by crime.

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