WEEK OF ACTION 10 – 14 JUNE
Being conned out of money can cause huge upset and hardship to victims of all ages. Bogus callers, fake workmen and rogue traders can cause untold misery, leaving people feeling vulnerable in their own homes. Next week, to help tackle this problem Ayrshire’s three Adult Protection Committees will be working with Trading Standards and Police Scotland to raise awareness of how to stop what is known as “Financial Harm”.
Running from 10 – 14 June, to coincide with Carer’s Week, the campaign aims to raise public awareness of this terrible crime and make people more vigilant in trying to spot bogus callers, helping everyone to learn what they can do to keep themselves and those they care for safe.
Information will be available on plasma screens throughout Ayrshire backed up with leaflets and posters in local offices, libraries, NHS waiting rooms and colleges.
Trading Standards and the police are planning a day of action. Door to door traders will be stopped in the street to establish if they are complying with the law.
The campaign will also offer information to bank staff advising them how to seek help if they suspect that a vulnerable person is being exploited.
Councillor Tom Cook, Spokesperson for Community Safety, East Ayrshire Council said: “Bogus callers and fake workmen are a menace in any community. We hope that this campaign will make people more aware of how to spot the signs and save themselves and those they care for from falling victim to such criminals. Working together with Community Safety, Police Scotland, other Councils and our own Trading Standards team, we hope that we can prevent future Financial Harm in our communities.”
If you have a concern or would like more information please contact the Police Scotland on 101 or your local Trading Standards Office: East Ayrshire – 01563 576602: South Ayrshire – 01292 616060: North Ayrshire – 01294 310100