Plymouth to host Scam Conference


People in Plymouth are being invited to catch con men and foil fraudsters at a Friends Against Scams awareness session.

The session will be a part of a Scam Conference, hosted by Plymouth City Council’s trading standards team at the Guildhall on 18 September, where a variety of partners will share best practice, ask questions and learn more about tackling fraud in Plymouth.

Although the majority of the conference is aimed at professionals, the morning session will be open to the public and designed to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of fraud.

Friends Against Scams awareness sessions are run by The National Trading Standards Scams Team SCAMchampions, who deliver a fun and interactive session providing and a chance to meet other people who want to take a stand against scams.

Dave Downie, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities said: “I’m really pleased to see us taking a proactive approach to tackling fraud in Plymouth.

“There is no such thing as a typical victim and whilst people are very quick to say they would not fall for any kind of fraud there is some kind of scam for everyone out there.

“I’m very much looking forward to finding out what we can do, in cooperation with our partners, to stamp out scams in Plymouth.”

Sadly, there are believed to be over 700 scam victims in Plymouth that the council are currently trying to offer advice and support. So far, from 250 visits to victims, the team have discovered that £500,000 has been sent to scammers.

For more information call us on 01752 304147, email public.protection@plymouth.gov.uk or visit our dedicated scam website by clicking here.