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Leading the way in the fight against scammers

Leading the way in the fight against scammers

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:01am 21st July 2019.

They're leading the way in the fight against scammers.

That's the message we're hearing from Cambridgeshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

A new service was launched this week by Citizens Advice to help victims of online fraudsters.

Residents in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have been accessing help locally to fight the scammers, thanks to a partnership set up seven months ago.

Jason Ablewhite said: :

"Lot of agencies across our county had noticed increases in complaints from residents about an increasing number of scams - it was becoming a part of our everyday lives but it really shouldn't be.

We were determined to do all we could to help prevent people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough from falling foul to these unscrupulous schemes and so seven months ago lots of agencies came together to launch the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP).

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CAPASP brings together more than 20 organisations including the police, local councils, Age UK, Citizens Advice and other community groups to raise awareness about scams and support victims of scams.

Since it was set up in December the partnership has provided scam awareness training to communities and helped to train scam awareness champions in different neighbourhoods who can then support their local residents.

I am delighted that this new Citizens Advice programme will complement and build upon the work we are already doing locally to help local people become more aware and avoid becoming victims of scams in the future."

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Cllr Steve Criswell, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council's Communities and Partnership committee said:

"Absolutely anyone and everyone can get involved in spreading awareness of scams to help protect others from the financial losses and the impact on health and wellbeing that these crimes cause.

Help protect your friends, family, colleagues and wider community by joining the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership as a supporter.

We provide topical information on the latest scams and free resources such as posters, leaflets, videos and training you can share with your contacts. Local people helping local people can make a real difference to everyone's lives".



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