During the Covid-19 pandemic, Police Scotland has seen an increase in frauds taking place nationally, which has affected many people within Argyll and Bute. Being a victim of fraud doesn't only cause financial stress, but can have a detrimental impact on the victims health and wellbeing. In order to raise awareness of frauds throughout our communities, Police Scotland would like invite all of the Community Councils within Argyll and Bute to help raise this awareness through a little competition!
Friends Against Scams is a national Trading Standards initiative to protect and prevent people becoming victims of scams. They offer a really user friendly (free) online training tool to raise scam awareness which enables anyone to become officially noticed as a "Friend Against Scams" where, on completion of training, you can download your own certificate to verify you've completed the training.To try and encourage as many people as possible to do this training (young and old) we would like to make a little competition for community councils to promote this and collate the number of people in your area who have done this training. You could do this by asking people to post a photograph with them and their certificate on your community council social media page, or perhaps write an article for the local paper with a way of collating numbers of people who have done the training, or any other creative means you may have! We would like to run this from today until end April 2021, where I'll get back in touch to ask how many Friends Against Scams you've managed to 'recruit'.
The winning community council with the most people trained will be awarded a certificate to become Argyll and Bute's Scam Awareness Community Council of the Year. I have attached a PDF that can be shared however you like and would liketo offer you to promote this however you see fit - only your imagination is the limit! Please email me directly if you would like any more information or advice.
PC Laura Evans
Local Authority Liaison Officer - Argyll and Bute
Dunoon Police Station
1-3 Argyll Road
Dunoon, PA23 8ES
T: 01369 763 007
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