Councillor joins fight against criminal scammers

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Published: Thursday 07 Feb 2019 by Fife Council

Cllr Vettraino & Lisa Duncan, Trading Standards

Cllr Vettraino & Lisa Duncan, Trading Standards

Glenrothes Central and Thornton Councillor Ross Vettraino OBE has joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, an initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

As a SCAMbassador, Councillor Vettraino has joined the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team and others to protect everyone from scams and the damage they cause. He will be able to work with members of the community to educate and support those who may be vulnerable to scams.

Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

Councillor Vettraino said: “Scams often target the most vulnerable people in society but the reality is that anyone can become a victim of scams.”

“Scams damage lives and can affect people financially and emotionally so it is with great pride that I have joined in with the work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team to help prevent people from being victims of scams. By signing up as a SCAMbassador, I pledge to do everything I can to help raise awareness of this terrible problem.”

Scams affect millions of people across the UK and cost consumers an estimated £5-10 billion of detriment of each year. Scams are a pervasive, criminal threat, which in addition to the financial damage can also cause serious detrimental, long-term psychological effects and ultimately destroy lives.

Dawn Adamson, Service Manager of Fife Trading Standards said: "The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what's really going on behind closed doors”.

“It’s fantastic to have such an influential figure in the community to help tackle this problem on a localleveland I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of the growing Friends Against Scams network."

Further information about becoming a Friend Against Scams is available at https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/

Further advice on scams and general consumer advice is provided by Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland.

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