Whilst getting online is an exciting prospect, scams are becoming increasingly common. We want to ensure that you are given the knowledge to identify and report potential risks so that you can navigate your way around the internet and technology safely.
Age UK offer a variety of information about staying safe online. They explain what online scams are, what so to if you thihnk you have been a victim of a scam, advice on how to protect your technology, how to shop and bank online safely and also how to protect your privacy online. Click here to be taken to their website information page.
IOW Trading Standards Service joined forces with the Police, Fire and Rescue, Age Friendly Island (AgeUK Isle of Wight) and Citizens Advice Bureau to form a partnership called IWASP. Under the Charter all of these organisations work together to better protect people on the Isle of Wight from scams, doorstep crime and fraud and to support victims. Find out more about current scams
How to Report A Scam
It is really important that any incidents of scams are reported to IWASP. Although they cannot act on them it provides valuable intelligence and IWASP will be able to use these reports to warn other potential victims of the current scams that are affecting our Island residents.
- For advice on scams call - Citizens Advice consumer Helpline: 0808 250 5050
- To report a scam call- Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040 or actionfraud.police.uk
- Phishing emails can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The public can report any type of SMS scams by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.
Become a Friend against Scams
If you would like to be a Friend Against Scams you can attend a short awareness session in person or complete the online training.