Council joins scheme to train staff on scammers
TRADING standards teams have declared war on scammers and rogue traders blighting part of the North-east. Fresh figures have revealed about 900 people fall victim to cons in Moray every year – an average of more than two a day.
Now the council is enrolling staff in a training scheme to help them protect friends, neighbours and relatives from losing money.
It is estimated the total amount lost to fraud in the region would cost every resident up to £156 every year. Peter Adamson, manager of Moray Council’s trading standards department, said it was a growing problem.
He said: “Everyone gets bombarded with these things so much at the moment – there’s pretty much blanket coverage of it. They don’t discriminate either. “We’ve had former lawyers come to us who have fallen victim to scams. It just shows you have to be constantly vigilant.”
The council has now signed up as a “friends against scams” organisation, which covers the whole UK.