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Scam Awareness Service

  • Location: Age Cymru Gwent
  • Price: Free
Call 01633 763330 for more info

Reports of scams in the press are becoming increasingly common, detailing the financial and emotional costs to the victim. They come in a bewildering variety of forms through methods such as: unsolicited letters, unexpected phone calls, doorstep callers and increasingly through email, texts and the internet.

People of all ages can fall victim to a scam, and scammers take no account of a person's age or vulnerability. They have no qualms about who they hurt, and sadly it is often older people who are specifically targeted. Fraud is now the most commonly experienced crime, so an awareness of it is vital in protecting ourselves.

Scam Awareness Project

In response to the rise in this type of crime, Age Cymru Gwent are running scam awareness sessions, for groups and individuals, via our Scam Awareness Project. You can learn more about the scams that are in use today and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. If you think you would benefit from learning more do give us a call on:

Telephone: 01633 763330 / 07458 025041
Email: digital@agecymrugwent.org

In the meantime there are some simple steps you can take, which will help reduce the amount of scam telephone calls and letters you get:
Obtain a free Call Blocker Unit provided by TrueCall which will hugely reduce scam calls to your landline. Contact us on the numbers above to get yours.

Register with the Telephone Preference Service to cut down unwanted phone calls.

Register with the Mail Preference Service to reduce unwanted mail.

Check this page regularly and pass the information on to as many of your friends and family as possible. If you have come across a scam yourself, inform the Police and please let us know so we can warn others.

People of all ages can fall victim to scams. - Those who conduct the scams take no account of a person's age or vulnerability and have no qualms about who they hurt. Sadly it is often older people who are specifically contacted, but there are some simple steps you can take which should help reduce the chance of being targeted:

- Register with the Telephone Preference Service to cut down unwanted phone calls.
- Register with the Mail Preference Service to reduce unwanted mail.

Staying Safe Online

If you're worried about getting caught out by scams on your computer or smart phone, you can get free expert advice on how you can stay safe online by visiting: Get Safe Online

Gwent Now

Get informed on the latest scams.

Gwent Now is an efficient and effective communication system. Designed to keep the residents of Gwent informed about the latest crime alerts, and crime prevention advice for our communities. You can tailor which alerts you would like sent and how they will be delivered to you e.g. phone, email or text message.

Subscription to the system is FREE OF CHARGE and you can sign up at: www.gwentnow.org

Useful Contacts

If you have any concerns about rogue traders, or believe you may have been targeted by a fraudster contact:

Blaenau Gwent Trading Standards
01495 357813

Caerphilly Trading Standards
01443 815588

Monmouthshire Trading Standards
01633 644644

Newport Trading Standards
01633 656656

Torfaen Trading Standards
01495 762200

Gwent Police
999 / 101


Action Fraud (UK-wide advice)
0300 123 2040