The launch which started on Monday July 13th, initiates the first of many campaigns to highlight and raise awareness of the dangers of fraud, in particular phone and mail scams. The launch also coincides with the UK’s Scams Awareness Month.
The aim is to promote and raise awareness about the growing number of scammers targeting Jersey, in particular among the elderly and vulnerable in the community.
Scammers are increasingly targeting Jersey residents over the telephone posing as call centre staff, bank staff and other figures of authority by seeking to defraud members of the public by asking simple questions, extracting personal details, and even calling multiple times to build trust and relationships.
The Forum consists of the: Jersey Financial Services Commission, States of Jersey Police, Jersey Consumer Council, Digital Jersey, Trading Standards, Honorary Police, Age Concern and Jersey Post.
The Chairman of the Forum, Detective Chief Inspector, Lee Turner commented:
“We are delighted to announce to official launch of the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum today. The effects of these crimes can be devastating and working closely with the other agencies, as part of the Jersey Forum Prevention Forum, we are determined to harness all available resources to prevent local Jersey residents falling victim to scams and frauds in the future.”
Members of the Forum will be in and around town during the launch to publicise the campaign. They will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on various types of scams and how to stay safe.
The Forum will also be holding community events where islanders will have the chance to learn about being aware of fraudsters, staying safe and reporting scams. The following agenda explains where the campaign will be during the week.
Monday 13 July
Forum launches at their stand on King Street/Brook Street (between Jack Wills and Hammonds), members on-hand include; Detective Chief Inspector Lee Turner, Director-General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, John Harris and Chief of States of Jersey Police, Mike Bowron.
Tuesday 14 July
Talk at Age Concern given by the States of Jersey Police and the Jersey Financial Services Commission on telephone scams during the Tuesday weekly meeting.
Wednesday 15 July
A stand at the Co-operative Grande Marche, St Helier with members from the States of Jersey Police and the Jersey Financial Services Commission on-hand to offer advice.
Members of the States of Jersey Police and their Community Van and the Jersey Financial Services Commission will also be in attendance at the Co-operative Grand Marche in St Peter
Thursday 16 July
Members of the States of Jersey Police and the Jersey Financial Services Commission will be on-hand at their stand in King Street (outside BHS) to answer questions and offer advice.
Further information about the Forum and the various types of scams and frauds can be found at www.fraudprevention.je
Any leaflets, posters or telephone stickers, plus other promotional merchandise is available by contacting Emma Martin at the Jersey Financial Services Commission - firstname.lastname@example.org
For further enquires, please contact:
Emma Martin, Head of Communications
T: +44 (0)1534 822166 E: email@example.com
M: +44 (0)7797 763 446 W: www.jerseyfsc.org
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