Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has spoken out in support of Age Cymru’s ‘Scams and Swindles’ campaign. This campaign has been launched to coincide with Scams Awareness Month, a national campaign to alert people to the dangers of scams.
Age Cymru is running the Scams and Swindles campaign to generate more protection for older and vulnerable people. According to research undertaken by Age Cymru, at least 50,000 scams were committed against Welsh people in one recent 12-month period. Many vulnerable people in Wales are still paying large amounts for shoddy or non-existent work to rogue traders.
This year the key message of Scams Awareness Month is ‘Don’t be rushed, don’t be hushed’.
Bridgend County Borough’s Trading Standards department and South Wales Police are issuing top tips for residents to keep themselves safe from the clutches of rogue companies:
- Don’t be rushed or pressurised into making a decision straight away to sign up to or purchase something.
- If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Beware of scams that tell you that you have won a prize. If you haven’t bought a ticket – you can’t win it.
- Your bank will never phone you to ask for your PIN or your online banking password.
- Don’t suffer in silence – speak out if you think you have been scammed.
Trading Standards officers and South Wales Police work closely with partner organisations such as banks, retailers, community groups and various other organisations to inform residents and consumers about current scam activity and help tackle the problem.
Huw said, “Age Cymru’s ‘Scams and Swindles’ campaign raises a serious problem that needs to be resolved. It is paramount that greater protection is given to older and vulnerable people to stop them falling victim to organised scams.”
“Scams Awareness Month is a great opportunity to further highlight to residents how scams are in operation in our area and how we need to be well-informed to avoid being duped.”
Deborah Elward, of South Wales Police, added: “The theme of this year’s Scams Awareness Month outlines to residents the importance of contacting us if they feel they have been conned. Informing us of these issues allows us to offer the right support and can help with our investigations.”
Scams can either be reported to South Wales Police via the 101 non-emergency number or by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 (for a service in the Welsh language call 03454 04 05 05).