The National Trading Standards Scams Team is today launching its ‘FASathon’ 2020. Our guest, Louise Baxter MBE, explains how you can get involved.
This is a guest post by Louise Baxter MBE. All views expressed are Louise’s own and not necessarily shared by Which?.
The Friends Against Scams (FAS) initiative was luanched four years ago to help protect and prevent people from falling victims to scams.
FAS raises awareness of the problem and provides information on how to spot a scam and the signs that someone may have fallen victim.
It isn’t just about providing information, it also builds community resilience, encourages conversations about scams and helps to break the stigma that surrounds this type of crime. The Team wants people to talk about scams and FAS provides the platform.
The impact of falling victim to a scam
The scale of the problem is enormous. Most people will have received a scam letter, call or email at some point and ignored or deleted it. However, the fear of being scammed and the impact of actually responding to a scam is often completely underestimated.
The criminals behind scams are experts at what they do. Anyone can be a scam victim and we will all experience periods of vulnerability that could make us more susceptible to responding.
The effects of responding can be devastating and not just financially, but emotionally and physically as well.
That’s why the FAS initiative is so important. 97% of people who have completed the awareness session think that they are less likely to fall victim to a scam and 98% have the knowledge to identify a scam victim.
FAS is more than just educating people about scams. FAS aims to empower people to know what a scam looks like and when the criminals may be targeting loved ones.
We encourage people to take their new knowledge and turn it onto action, spreading the word, taking away the shame and making scams an everyday conversation.
More than 600,000 people have already become Friends Against Scams, but we need your help to share the messages with as many people as possible!
Today, the team is running a FASathon – a Friends Against Scams marathon! The aim of the FASathon is to get as many people as possible to complete the awareness session in one day.
It’s FASathon day! Here’s a message from Louise Baxter, Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/7qDg9RJofO
— FriendsAgainstScams (@AgainstScams) October 21, 2020
Anyone can become a Friend Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.
We hope you can join the FASathon at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk and help to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams.
Have you taken part? Let us know in the comments.
This was a guest post by Louise Baxter MBE. All views expressed were Louise’s own and not necessarily shared by Which?.