Can you spot a scam?

Citizens Advice Cheshire West is helping people spot potential scams as part of a national Scams Awareness campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams. 

The campaign will run from 10 to 23 June 2019.  Drop in between these dates from Monday to Friday at each of the Citizens Advice Cheshire West  local offices where Citizens Advice Cheshire West staff and volunteers will be on hand to help people learn about spotting the common signs of a scam, such as receiving an offer that sounds too good to be true or being told to pay upfront for an item or service.

People will also be encouraged to report scams so that the police can take action and they can get advice on how to try and get their money back.

Paul Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Cheshire West, said:

“‘Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware’ is our message to people in Cheshire West and Chester.

“We’re finding that although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue. People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed talking about, or reporting their experiences, but sadly this means scammers are getting away scot-free. In reality, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope our Scams Awareness campaign, will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money.”

  If people are in doubt about whether or not an offer is genuine, they should contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or their local Citizens Advice.

If people have been scammed they should report it to Action Fraud.

Find out more information about how to stop, report and talk about scams by visiting our website or calling in to your local Citizens Advice office in Northwich, Chester or Winsford between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and in Ellesmere Port  between 9am - 2pm Monday to Friday.  No appointment is necessary.