The website is www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ and it has been created by National Trading Standards.
Their byline is
Friends Against Scams Will Start Taking Action Now Deliver the Message Against Scams.
The highlight on the letters S T A N D gives the word and you can get the phrase Stand Against Scams from this – very clever.
The introduction on the website states their reason for creating the website as follows
Friends against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.
It goes on to explain that the lack of awareness of scams is allowing a lot of scammers to get away with their criminality and Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take action.
There is a lot of useful content on the website but the starting point is a short video about scams and the damage they cause. Well worth watching. One statistic that stands out is that although anyone of any age can fall victim to a scam, the average age of those scammed is 75. They target the most vulnerable.
Friends Against Scams is also active on Twitter at @AgainstScams
This is a great new development in the fight against scammers and hopefully it will build to a huge public campaign. The more people understand what the scammers do then the more we can protect everyone against them.
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