Coun­cil joins scheme to train staff on scam­mers

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad -

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.

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