Council first in fight against scammers

Angus Council leader Iain Gaul.
Angus Council leader Iain Gaul.

Angus Council has become the first Scottish local authority to launch a zero tolerance campaign against scammers.

It is the first authority in Scotland to adopt a formal policy on financial harm, setting out how it will target scammers and protect residents.

In a ground-breaking partnership, colleagues from social work and trading standards have joined forces to stop the fraudsters.

They are also working in partnership with other agencies such as the post office, police, voluntary sector and local businesses to raise awareness of scams and prevent citizens falling victim.

The policy was officially launched at a ceremony in Forfar on Friday, June 14 by Angus Provost Helen Oswald.

Provost Oswald said: “Sadly, vulnerable adults in Angus are more at risk from financial harm than any other form of abuse. The loss to people in Angus through financial scams is considerable, and in some cases people have lost their life savings.

“This is something that we in Angus find unacceptable and why we have launched this policy which builds on the good work which is already taking place in the county across a number of agencies. I would urge the public to support us in tackling the scammers who spread so much misery.

“Keep an eye on vulnerable family and friends, look out for lots of junk mail offering a prize draw and unwanted nuisance telephone calls. Put up a Doorstoppers sticker and report any suspicions you might have - together we can stop those greedy individuals who financially exploit our most defenceless citizens.”

Angus Council leader Iain Gaul, also supported the launch of the policy.

He said: “I am proud Angus is the first local authority in Scotland to launch a formal policy on financial harm, and this will provide a framework for us to continue our work with partners to tackle this issue through publicity, enforcement and support for victims.”

A twitter account has been established @ScamFreeAngus. Follow for updates and advice on scams in the area.