The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) is a county-wide partnership of public, private & voluntary sector organisations committed to working together to stop scams and doorstep crime across the county.

Scams are targeted at people in many ways – by post, on the telephone, online and on the doorstep.  More than three million people fall victim to scams in the UK every year.  CAPASP wants to help you spot scams and stop them by joining the ‘Friends Against Scams’.  It’s easy to do – takes just 20 minutes and will equip you with the knowledge and awareness to protect yourself and others from the dangers of scams and fraud. To become a friend visit  http://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire.

There are other ways you can get involved by becoming a supporter, a Scam Marshal or a Scam Champion.  Find out more at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams

There has been some reports in the county, particularly in the north west, of doorstep callers using the coronavirus situation to try and gain entry into properties by pretending to be local government officials for the county council’s Coordination Hub or indeed, medical professionals.  Exact details are sketchy but as ever, CAPASP, is urging people to be vigilant and to satisfy themselves that people, no matter how official they might look, are who they say they are.

A good mantra is: Lock, Stop, Chain, Check:

  • Keep doors and windows locked – it is easy, for example, to get distracted at the front door and to leave the back of the property exposed, particularly in good weather.
  • Don’t feel you even have to open the door to an uninvited caller.
  • Use a chain when opening the door, if there is one, but leave it off at other times.
  • Check ID thoroughly and don’t be embarrassed to leave someone on the doorstep with the door closed, whilst you phone the organisation they say they are from to confirm their credentials.

Be aware of a recent report of a lady in East Cambs who is ‘shielding’ from coronavirus, who received a cold call by telephone where a female voice asked if she was able to get her money from the Post Office as it could be arranged for someone to pick up her card and do it for her.  Luckily the resident spotted that it was likely to be someone of ill-intent.

Please let people know about this as much as you can – especially those who are ‘shielding’ from coronavirus.  Scammers rarely attempt to con someone as a one-off and often they work through lists organised geographically.


Could You spot a Loan Shark?

Over half of loan shark victims are parents with young children.  Often, families are left unable to cope financially as well as mentally.  Free, online 1 hour training seminars are available.  Please see below for details.

Select your Session (places are limited)

to book a place please follow the link to Eventbrite  – Monday 8thJune at 2pm or Wednesday 10th June at 10am.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/could-you-spot-a-loan-shark-tickets-106216672928

The link to the training will be sent to you the day before.

 

Scams – The Power of Persuasive Language. – click on the link for guidance for community health and social care workers to help identify and prevent scams in society.

 

Below is a virtually word for word transcript of a Police scam.  It is psychologically clever. Police. A false relative to pique the curiosity. The insistence on not giving any information over the phone.

Police telephone scam ‘transcript’