Citizens Advice Gateshead is warning people to be alert to the risks of being taken in by offers that sound too good to be true, saying that in fact many actually are! 62% of people in the North East have been approached by a scammer in the last two years.

 

Alison Dunn, Chief Executive of the charity explains “People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed reporting their experiences, but sadly this means perpetrators are getting away scot-free. Through our #scamaware campaign we are encouraging the people of Gateshead to speak up and look out for others, particularly more vulnerable friends and neighbours in our communities.”

 

We are hoping to raise awareness of the danger of scamming through a social media campaign and local events in libraries and community venues including Blaydon Library on Thursday 20th June, 10am – 2pm.

 

The national Citizens Advice network is behind the campaign, and stresses that scams don’t have to be elaborate online hoaxes. When a fraudster is trying to trick someone to take part in their scheme, sometimes the old methods are the best.

 

More than half of all scams reported to our Consumer Service in the last year saw people lose an average of almost £3,000 using well-established, offline methods such as unsolicited doorstep selling, mail and cold calling.

 

“It is an unfortunate reality that these methods are known to be overwhelmingly targeted at older, more vulnerable people” explains Alison Dunn. “In reality all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope this #scamaware campaign will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money.”