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MOBILE library users around Bognor Regis and Chichester can pick up advice for spotting scams as well as their favourite books.

 

Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice has joined with West Sussex County Council’s mobile library service to use its vehicle  to stock warning leaflets about being conned.

 

This is the first year the two organisations have teamed up to mark the national scams awareness month.

 

Luca Badioli, the chief executive of Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with West Sussex Library Service and their community mobile library which is run by Bognor Regis Library. This will help us get our scam awareness message out to many more people.”

 

Last year saw Citizens Advice place a limited selection of leaflets on the mobile library. Pictured below are its driver, Rob Hewson, left, and Ken Porter, of Citizens Advice.

 

The vehicle based at Bognor Regis Library serves an area which stretches from Findon to Northchapel and across to the Hampshire borders. It stops at more than 60 different locations in its two-weekly timetable.

 

It is expected the leaflets will be seen by 800 people in many rural locations who would otherwise have been unaware of the Don’t miss a trick – Be scam aware campaign.

 

It calls for mobile library users – and everyone else – to be on the lookout for any website, letter, doorstep seller or phonecall with a proposal that seems too good to be true.

 

Mr Badioli said: “While there might be new scams cropping up all the time, the tactics of scammers remain the same.

 

Pam O’Brien, the library’s manager, said: “We are delighted to take part in scams awareness month, enabling us to alert our library customers to the dangers of scams.

 

“Customers using the library will be offered information reminding them of the need to be vigilant throughout the year.”

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