Pocklington scams sessions

Amanda Smith, NatWest's Community Banker for Pocklington.
Amanda Smith, NatWest's Community Banker for Pocklington.

Amanda Smith, who has been appointed as the NatWest Community Banker for Pocklington, will be hosting two sessions at Pocklington Arts Centre to show people how to protect themselves against scams.

The Friends Against Scams presentation, held on Tuesday 22 May and Tuesday 29 May, will take place between 2pm and 4pm.

The aim of the presentations is to reduce the number of people falling victim to criminal scams.

Scams are the fastest growing type of crime in the UK with more than 50% of the population aged over 65 has been targeted by a scammer.

Identity theft now accounts for 56% of fraud, and the greatest increase of this type of fraud is in the 21 to 30 age group.

Amanda said: “Want to learn more and how to keep you, your friends and families safe from the fastest growing crime in the UK?

“Then come along – all are most welcome.”

Amanda will be based in Pocklington on a Tuesday and regular drop-in sessions will be held in Costa Coffee from Tuesday 22 May, the date the Pocklington branch closes.

She said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with our customers in Pocklington.

“In my role as Community Banker I’m looking forward to hosting regular events at local venues to help educate customers on being financially fit, training them on the different ways to bank in a digital world and how they can protect themselves from fraudsters.”