“Take a Stand Against Scams”

Trading Standards are running a training session to empower communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams” by being a Friend Against Scams.

Here are the details
Friends Against Scams sessions and SCAMchampion training are being delivered at:
Unipart Conference Centre
Garsington Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2PG
On Thursday 27th July 2017

Friends Against Scams sessions at 9.30a.m. OR 1p.m.

SCAMchampion sessions at 11.30a.m. OR 3p.m.

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards ScamsTeam initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”. It has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection. It encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action.

Anybody can join Friends Against Scams and make a difference in their own way. Online learning is available through our website or free face-to-face awareness raising sessions are being rolled out nationally.
Feedback from face-to-face Friends Against Scams awareness raising sessions : ‘What did you take from this session?’:
“Spread the word as far as possible and to as many people as possible”
“A better understanding of why people respond to scams”
“Realisation of the bigger impact and consequences for victims of scams”
We also recruit SCAMchampions who are Friends Against Scams that want to do more. SCAMchampions attend an additional session to give them a fuller understanding and some presentation tips so they can then host their own awareness sessions to recruit Friends and drive Friends Against Scams forward in their communities or workplace. To be a SCAMchampion people must:

• Have completed a Friends Against Scams awareness session
• Be passionate about protecting and preventing victims of scams
• Be happy to talk to groups about the Friends Against Scams message
• Have access to a computer
• Be aged over 18

Feedback from SCAMchampion awareness raising sessions : ‘What did you take from this session?’:
“How vital it is to have more people delivering scam awareness sessions in different areas”
“The enthusiasm to spread the message”

To request a place, either go online to Friends Against Scams and SCAMchampion sessions.
https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/session.php?xCmd=find

Or register your interest by emailing Julie Brain or Shelley Edwards on
Communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Or call 01865 815000 option 2