Scams Awareness Month

During May, Citizens Advice Edinburgh is urging the capital to join the fight against scams and fraudsters. 

Our Gorgie/Dalry Bureau has just launched its information stall in partnership with Fountainbridge Library and we're tweeting every day about common and not so common scams. 

Help us spread the word by being more vigilant and reporting any scams you come across – even if you don’t personally become a victim. 

Here at the CAE we often see people who have been hit by some kind of scam – whether it’s a phantom lottery you have supposedly won, an attempt to re-claim a debt that you don’t actually have, or some kind of deal which seems too good to be true. Scams take on all sorts of forms and fraudsters can find you online, through the post, over the phone , on your doorstep or out in the street!

Sadly, once you have handed over the money, there is usually very little that can be done to get it back. So in order to beat these criminals, we need to raise awareness and stop them from happening in the first place. That’s what this campaign is all about.

If you suspect a scam: check with someone you trust, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, tell others to be aware and come see us for advice or call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.

Gorgie/Dalry Bureau 'Scams Awareness Stall' based at Fountainbridge Library

Gorgie/Dalry Bureau 'Scams Awareness Stall' based at Fountainbridge Library

 

Posted on May 8, 2014 .