Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner launches ‘Say No To Fraud’ campaign
A campaign to raise the awareness of fraud, how to spot the signs and avoid becoming a victim, has been launched today by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
The new campaign, Say No To Fraud, developed by the PCC’s Community Engagement Team, features the real stories of local victims of fraud and aims to reduce the number of victims by committing to increase knowledge of the types of fraud, the methods used by the criminals and advice on how to protect yourself and those you love from becoming a victim of these crimes.
Since 2019, the Engagement Team have been hosting local Fraud Forum meetings in partnership with Humberside Police and other agencies, which has been hailed as best practice at recent National Fraud Forums. The purpose of the forums has been to raise awareness about the crime of fraud and try to identify emerging issues of the crime developing in our local area.
Based on the national Take 5 to Stop Fraud campaign, the Engagement Team have been developing a set of resources that are specific to our area. Taking the top 5 fraud crimes reported in Humberside and developing resources which are targeted at the members of our community most likely to become victims of each type of fraud using the same methods the criminals use to target them, but to raise awareness instead.
Nationally, fraud cost £2.3 million with 822,276 victims, while in the Humberside Police area 7,471 victims lost £13.8 million in 2019/20.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said: “Sadly the number of people being targeted by fraudsters across Humberside and nationally is huge, however too often people say they’ve been scammed which belittles fraud. It is a serious crime committed by unscrupulous criminals, therefore vital to ensure that as many of people as possible are fraud aware and are empowered to say no to fraud.
“My hope is that this campaign prevents people being defrauded of money, having their identities stolen or being left distraught by their ordeals.
“My Office’s campaign has given victims of crime a voice to highlight how serious fraud is and also to try and remove the stigma and embarrassment that victims often feel.
“I urge everyone to take time to learn more about spotting the signs of fraud and discuss the dangers with loved ones.
“We need to stop feeling embarrassed about becoming victims and take back our right to say no to fraud! Close the door, press delete or hang up on these criminals.”
More information can be found on social media #SayNoToFraud and online at www.saynotofraud.uk