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Scams warning events

GET WISE to the lies, Bognor Regis shoppers will be told next week.


Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice service and West Sussex Trading Standards have joined together to help people know they have been conned. The first events will take place next Thursday in Tesco, in Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, followed a week later at Tesco Extra in Chichester.


The final display will be staged at Morrisons in Hawthorn Road, Littlehampton, on June 28. All of them take place from 10am-1pm.


Luca Badioli, the chief executive of the Citizens Advice in the area, said: “‘Don’t miss a trick, be scams aware’ is our message to people.


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


“From getting contacted out of the blue to being pressured to sign up to a deal on the spot, our events will reveal the tell-tale signs of a scam that people need to keep an eye out for.


“While all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam, we hope this event will stop more scammers from running off with people’s money.”


The staffed displays are part of this year’s scams awareness month – a national campaign which encourages people to report and talk about the risks and experiences of being conned.


People will learn about the common signs of a scam, such as receiving an offer that sounds too good to be true or being told to pay an advance fee for an item or service.


Attendees will also be encouraged to report scams so that the police can take action. Advice will also be given on how to try and get back any money that has been stolen.


Joining the displays for the first time will be West Sussex County Council’s community wellbeing and safety service to help to raise awareness about online scams and being safe online.


Anyone in any doubt about whether or not an offer is genuine should contact the Citizens Advice helpline on 03454 040506 or visit the Citizens Advice offices in Bognor Regis, Chichester and Littlehampton.

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