Published On: Sun, May 18th, 2014 on 9:38 pm

Live webcast to help prevent phone and email scams

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Residents in West Yorkshire concerned about scams will have the chance to talk about their concerns on a live webcast tomorrow.

Taking place from 7pm, people will be able to ask Force Crime Prevention Officer Chris Joyce and representatives from West Yorkshire Tradings Standards in a live online discussion.

The webcast will cover various topics including spam email including prize draws, endless unwanted sales calls, and where to go for help or who to report a scam to.

People who have responded to a suspicious email, or believe they may have been scammed or someone they know has, will also be able to get advice.

This month, West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been warning residents to be on the lookout for rogues who are scamming victims under the guise of various seemingly legitimate offers.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “As budgets are squeezed nationally, it is more important than ever that our cash does not end up in the wrong hands.

“This month we are reinforcing the message for people to be on the look out for rogues hoping to make a quick buck and remind residents that scams are crimes, it is vital they are reported.”

According to West Yorkshire Trading Standards, it is estimated that nearly half of people in the UK (48%) have been targeted by a scam. Crime figures also show nearly a 60% rise in reported fraud over the past five years, which has been boosted by identity theft and online scams.

The live webcast will be held at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/help-advice/crime-prevention/interactive-web-chats/current-schedule/scams-live-webchat.

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