Fraud affects thousands of people across Norfolk and leads to losses of over £16 million each year. The financial and emotional impact on victims can be huge, affecting their confidence and feelings of safety. The exploitative methods used by criminals to manipulate people are sophisticated and often target the most vulnerable in society, but anyone can be a victim of fraud.
The Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) provides resource and support to the Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP) commitment to taking a stand against fraud. The partnership’s ambition is to make Norfolk a scam free county.
The NASP work together to support residents and businesses in Norfolk to help protect them from scams, doorstep crime and fraud. This is reflected in the Partnerships’ four key aims:
- Raising awareness of scams
- Prevention and protection
- Identification and recording
- Enforcement, access to justice and restoration
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime. It serves as a central point where scams can be reported any time of the day or night using the online reporting tool. Reporting online is quick and easy. The tool will guide you through simple questions to identify what has happened and advisers are available twenty-four hours to give you help and advice if you need it.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger or risk of harm dial 999 now.
Norfolk Scams Prevention Service
In Norfolk, victims of fraud can receive free and confidential advice and support through the Norfolk Scams Prevention Service. Victims who report to Action Fraud who would like support are automatically referred to the service and anyone can refer themselves or someone else to the service.
Friends Against Scams
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Teams initiative, which aims to empower people to take a stand against scams. Check out their website for useful tips on staying safe and practical assistance such as Call Blockers to screen unwanted phone calls.
You can also complete their quick and simple Friends Against Scams online training which can help to better understand and spot scams, which can help you to better understand when people are being scammed in our communities.
Norfolk Trading Standards
To help the public protect themselves, Norfolk Trading Standards offers a free scam alert service, which will send you email updates of any new scams in Norfolk. You can also follow their social media accounts for local updates.
If you think a business has broken the law or acted unfairly, you can report them to Trading Standards using the link below.
There are lots of easy steps that anyone can take to help protect themselves and others from fraud. The links on the right provide some useful advice to stay scam savvy.