Members of the public can get the latest advice on fraud and cyber crime from leading national experts at an important awareness-raising event being staged in Warwickshire today.
Fraud and cyber crime cost the UK economy an estimated £52 billion (AFI, 2013) every year, with part of this money being used by criminal networks to fund drug smuggling, terrorism and people trafficking.
The personal impact of a fraud can be devastating, with many people losing their pension pot or life savings because of a sophisticated scam. The best way to stop this happening is to raise awareness of the different scams that are out there, how these scams are evolving, and how people can protect themselves from becoming victims.
Showcasing the latest scams
Today, specialists from City of London Police, The College of Policing, Action Fraud and local Neighbourhood Watch will present sessions detailing the latest scams and share crucial steps people can take to protect themselves.
Key threats affecting Warwickshire communities will be outlined, along with the very best prevention advice and guidance on how such crimes should be reported.
City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, said: “It is very important for communities across the UK to understand how economic crime and cyber crime is an expanding and evolving threat that is increasingly infiltrating our homes and workplaces by telephone and online via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
“This “Protect Yourself” event provides an important opportunity for us, working in partnership with Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, to pass on the latest and most important crime prevention advice that will help local people protect themselves from these dangers and make life much more difficult for criminals looking to make capital in this part of the country.”
Fraudsters finding new ways to scam people
The roadshow will include: an interactive ATM machine demonstrating how criminals can fit cameras to ATMs and how to protect your PIN; a collection of counterfeit goods to see if you can spot the fakes; videos and presentations on what to look out for online, over the telephone and face to face to spot scams and keep yourself and your family safe, as well as a chance to pick up leaflets and ask the experts any questions that you might have.
Stephen Proffitt, Deputy Head of Action Fraud, adds: “With fraudsters continuing to find new ways to scam people out of their hard earned cash, this event is an ideal opportunity to get the insider knowledge of how to protect you and your family from becoming victims. We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and hear about the latest scams, and ask our experts any burning questions on fraud and cyber crime.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sean Paley, from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police specialist operations unit, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for members of the public in Warwickshire to get themselves fully up to speed with the threats posed by cyber crime and fraud in the local area. Awareness really is key in preventing a lot of these crimes and stopping fraudsters in their tracks.”
The Action Fraud public Roadshow, which is sponsored by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball, takes place on the 5th of September, 2014, at Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 9am – 2pm.