Police and TSI to host free online fraud prevention event

PC Laura Evans.
PC Laura Evans will be one of the speakers at the online event.

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Police Scotland is hosting a new online event in partnership with Argyll Third Sector Interface (TSI) to raise awareness of online fraud prevention.

The event, which will take place between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday May 18, will include speakers from Nationwide Building Society, Argyll and Bute Trading Standards and local officers from Police Scotland.

Online fraud has become an ever increasing problem, with fraudsters developing more and more sophisticated ways to dupe the public. This has become even more significant during the pandemic and with people using the internet extensively in the last year.

The event will raise awareness among community groups and other organisations who deal directly with people who may be at risk of such fraud.

Speakers on the day include:

  • A representative from the Nationwide Building Society, who will raise awareness about some of the latest scams, explain how to recognise a scam, highlight the danger signs and how to minimise the risks. They will also explain what actions to take if anyone is worried that they may be a victim of a scam or other fraudulent activity.
  • A representative from Argyll and Bute Trading Standards, who will talk about other scam types, how to identify them; how to prevent people from becoming a victim, including a new call blocker initiative; the cost of scams to wider society and Friends Against Scams, a National Trading Standards scams team initiative.
  • PC Laura Evans from Police Scotland will discuss crime prevention and the Cared For At Home network; the investigation of frauds and scam; and support referrals for adults at risk of financial harm.

To register for the free online event, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fraud-awareness-event-tickets-152380410911?aff=ebdssbeac