On Thursday, 27 September, a ‘Friends Against Scam’ event was held at the bandstand in Aberystwyth, where Ceredigion residents had the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams.

Ceredigion County Council were presented with a certificate to acknowledge that the Council is now a Friends against Scams organisation.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “It was fantastic that Ceredigion County Council has been acknowledged as a Friends against Scams organisation and were able to come and support the National Trading Standards team at the event in Aberystwyth, to help tackle this issue locally. Postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted specifically at disadvantaged consumers or those in periods of vulnerability. There’s no reason for people who’ve been affected by scams to be ashamed that this has happened to them. The most important thing to do is to talk to someone about it, report it and get the right help and advice.”

The Council joined the National Trading Standards Scams Team and Wales Against Scam Partnership to deliver information and advice to residents, alongside representatives from Natwest and Dyfed-Powys Police.

Louise Baxter, Team Manager in the National Trading Standards Scams Team said, “It is fantastic to have a great organisation to help us tackle this problem on a local, regional and national level. I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our growing Friends Against Scams network.”

To report a scam or suspicious activity contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud