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Avoiding the Latest Scams – SAFER Newsletter

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The SAFER project is an award winning Big Lottery Funded community protection and empowerment programme, supporting older adults (55+) in West Yorkshire.
The project aims to provide residents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves against Doorstep Crime and Scams, helping them to feel safer in their own homes.
The project also offers free, confidential 1 to 1 financial advice, helping residents to manage & clear debts and provide assistance to help claim benefits.

Their latest newsletter can be downloaded here and further information can be found by emailing safer@wyjs.org.uk or call them on 0113 393 9809 or visit them on www.facebook.com/SAFERproject.

Fraudsters can be convincing and claim to be your bank. They may say there has been some fraudulent transactions on your account, or even request you transfer monies for safety.

Remember your bank will NEVER:

* Ask for your PIN or online passwords,
* Send someone to your home to collect your debit card and PIN, cash or anything else relating to your bank account,
* Ask you transfer funds to an account which has been set up in your name,
* Ask you to email or text personal information,
* Send you an email with a link to a website that asks you to input your personal information.

If in doubt check it out – ring your bank on the number from your bank statement or on the back of your card not a number that the scammer may have given you. Don’t ring back straight away as the fraudster may have kept the line open – better still call from a different phone.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards deliver the project, providing free informal and interactive community workshops across the Leeds and Bradford Districts on the following topics:

Scams and Frauds

Aim: To make residents aware of the most common types of scams and frauds in circulation, how to avoid them and where to report them to.

Content: The session is interactive and informal and encourages participants to share their experiences, focusing on how to deal with scammers confidently and what the most common scams in circulation are. At the end of the session participants receive free SAFER Home Safety Toolkit so that they can stay one step ahead of scammers and fraudsters and seek the right support and advice if they ever need it.

Results: 94% of participants who have attended this workshop say they are now more confident at recognising and avoiding different types of scams and now know what to do in the event that they are targeted by a scammer.

Doorstep Crime

Session Length: 45 minutes

Aim: To give residents key advice and top tips on dealing with rogue traders, distraction burglary, and bogus callers.

Content: The session is fun and interactive, taking the participants through varying common doorstep scenarios, to identify what simple key strategies they can use to protect themselves in their own homes. At the end of the session participants receive a free SAFER Home Safety Toolkit to help them avoid rogue traders and incidents on the doorstep.

Results: 90% of participants say they are more confident in dealing with cold callers on their doorstep and using legitimate reputable trader schemes to help when they need work doing.

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