National Safeguarding Adults Week – DAY 3 – Fraud, Scams & Cybercrime

Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP)

The IOW Trading Standards Service has joined forces with the Police, Fire and Rescue, Age Friendly Island and Citizens Advice Bureau to form a partnership called IWASP. IWASP is an acronym for Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership.

Under the Charter all of these organisations will work together to better protect people on the Isle of Wight from scams, doorstep crime and fraud and to support victims. IWASP doesn’t intend to stop there though, they hope to increase their partnership providing on-going support and information from a wide range of organisations and agencies.

On their website, you can find information about current scams, business scams, information on how to protect yourself, family and friends, and can also report scams.

Scams come in many forms – postal, online, emails, telephone and on your doorstep, and identifying a scam is the first step in preventing it.

Warning signs:
  • If it sounds too good to be true: Beware of hype and extravagant promises. If it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.
  • You are contacted out of the blue: You may get a phone call, email or letter from someone you’ve never heard of.
  • You have to make a quick decision: Scammers don’t like to give you time to think. They will try to pressure you into making a decision by saying things like ‘If you don’t act now, you’ll miss out.’
  • You have to give away bank account details: Trustworthy firms will never contact you to ask for this information.
  • Banks will never ask you to click on a link

If you see any of the warning signs in a letter, phone call, text message or email, it could well be a scam.

Remember the ABC of Scams : –

A – Never Assume a caller, email or text is genuine.

B – Never Believe a caller, email or text is genuine.

C – Always Confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

If you believe you, a family member or friend are the victim of a scam then please contact Advice Line on 08454 04 05 06 or report it via the IWASP webpage.

View up to date scam information on the Metropolitan Police website.

View the Nationwide Building Society information guide, ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ guidance (PDF, 2.72MB, 52 pages)

Use the Scams Checklist  to protect yourself from Scams. (PDF, 554 KB, 3 pages).

Hampshire Constabulary & Neighbourhood Watch: –

Hampshire Constabulary and Neighbourhood Watch have pulled together a pack of information on the most common types of fraud, how to recognise them, how to avoid them, and what to do when you do get targeted. The pack has been designed specifically for vulnerable members of our communities – with fraudsters coming up with new scams all the time, the pack focuses on common signs of scams and simple steps that promote confidence and independence.

The pack is available here: www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/safe-from-fraud and can be viewed online or downloaded and printed at home or work so that relatives, neighbours, and social care professionals can access the information and talk it through with those in their care.

In addition, up-to-date information on current scams is available through Hants/IOW Alert:https://www.hampshirealert.co.uk or http://www.iowalert.co.uk please sign up if not already done so.

Resources from the Ann Craft Trust on Digital Safeguarding: –

Download the digital safeguarding resource pack.

Explore our introduction to digital safeguarding guide which explains what digital safeguarding is and provides tips and advice for staying safe online.

Do you know how to support young people who have been abused online? Learn more. 

Safeguarding, Young People and Virtual Delivery: Creating Safer Online Spaces. Learn more.

How to Stay Safe Online – Guidance for Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities. Read more. 

Do you know how to spot the signs of digital scams? Learn more. 

Listen to our latest podcast, Safeguarding in Esports with Fnatic.

Learn about how to safeguard young people from the harms of online gaming and gambling.

What is cyber bullying? Read more.