Scam awareness event

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NORFOLK County Council Trading Standards officers are heading to Upwell to help keep residents informed about how to spot a scam.

As part of Scams Awareness Month, the service has organised scam awareness surgeries at 13 locations including Upwell Village Hall on February 24 between 2pm and 4pm.

The surgeries offer residents the chance to learn how to protect themselves from scams, while also providing a forum to discuss scams they have either received or been caught out by.

Harry Humphrey, the county council’s Cabinet member for Community Protection, said: “Our Trading Standards Officers will be heading to a number of Norfolk communities throughout February to issue guidance to residents on how they can avoid scams – whether over the telephone, at the door, or through mail and email.

“While we regularly publicise scams that we are aware of, we still deal with cases throughout the course of the year where residents have lost sums of money, often with little hope of seeing it returned.’’

You can keep up to date with the regular scams at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/scams

Residents unable to attend the surgery can also get further advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau or call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

Scams can be by post, email, telephone, cold calling at your door and text message