May is Scam Awareness Month and Angus Council is working with its partners in the county to protect consumers from rip-offs.
There’s a scam for just about everyone and every situation whether by post, via the phone and internet or even on the doorstep. There are unscrupulous traders out to catch people off-guard.
Scams Awareness Month is about fighting back against the scammers, giving consumers the information, skills and confidence to spot and stop scams.
The council has now joined forces with Angus Citizens Advice Bureau to launch a new partnership offering support to consumers, help them seek effective redress and develop local information sharing and mutual support.
Councillor Donald Morrison, the authority’s consumer protection spokesman, said: “The same channels that make our lives easier - the internet, smart phones, doorstep deliveries, also provide short cuts for scammers.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to scams in Angus and by joining forces with Angus Citizens Advice we can take active and practical steps to protect the citizens of Angus from the scammers.
“Anyone can be scammed, and I would urge members of the public to come forward and tell us if they or a member, of their family, has been scammed.
“This helps us keep track of the types of scams which are targeting our communities in Angus.”
By following a simple set of golden rules Angus residents can protect themselves from scams:-
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is; if you haven’t bought a ticket, you can’t win it; you shouldn’t have to pay anything to get a prize; if in doubt, don’t reply. Bin it, delete it or hang up; if you’re contacted out of the blue – be suspicious; never give out your bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you; take your time and resist pressure to make a decision straight away
Never send money to someone you do not know; ignore job ads that ask for money in advance.
For further information visit www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland and to report a scam contact the council via its ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.
Alerts and advice can also be received over Twitter by following @scamfreeangus