The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council is urging local people to be ‘scam-wise’ by keeping keep up-to-date with the latest information on scams to avoid becoming a victim.
Councillor Sean McPeake is supporting the work of the ScamWiseNI Partnership, which highlights the very real risk to communities from scams, which can be anything from cold callers offering quicker access to medical treatment on payment of a fee to emails announcing a big win or inheritance.
“The number and complexity of scams have undoubtedly grown in recent years and many have recently taken a more sinister turn.
“While any of us can be taken in, all too often it is some of the more vulnerable members of our communities who are targeted and become victims, suffering emotionally and financially.
“I’m encouraging local people to keep themselves informed by following the Partnership’s Facebook page, checking regularly for updates on the dedicated web page and making sure they pass on information to any family and friends who may not be online”.
The ScamWiseNI Partnership brings together a number of agencies including the PSNI, NI Policing Board, Department of Justice, Commissioner for Older People, the Consumer Council, Trading Standards and Age Sector Platform.
You can find and follow the ScamWiseNI partnership on Facebook or check the latest news on scams at nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/scamwiseni