July is Scam Awareness Month, coordinated by the Citizens Advice Bureau and Cambridgeshire County Council is taking part. This year's theme is Don't Be Rushed, Don't Be Hushed.
Scams can come in many forms and telephone scams are another way that fraudsters con people out of their hard earned money. The calls can sound convincing and professional, often claiming to represent your bank or the police, or a business that you know. It's likely they will pressure you to divulge personal information including your bank details, bank card PIN or your address. They may pressure you to act quickly because they want to trick you into believing your bank account is at risk or you are missing a golden opportunity.
Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said "'Never give out your bank details to anyone over the phone even if they say they are from your bank or the police. Every year many people fall victim to fraudsters intent on stealing their personal and financial information and conning them out of their cash. So many people suffer scams in silence "“ just 5 % are reported and during Scam Awareness Month we really want to encourage these people to get the help they need."
As well as being on their guard, there are some steps residents can take to protect themselves like registering with the telephone preference society and using a product to block telephone calls. For further advice contact the Citizens Advice Consumer service on 08454 04 05 06.