Angus Council’s bid for a scam free Angus, has seen the local authority team up with local branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
The partnership aims to protect vulnerable Angus locals from financial scams. It was revealed in the citizen’s panel survey, that a quarter of Angus families have had a family member fall victim to a scam.
Following a meeting with bank representatives, chair of the Angus Adult Protection committee Margaret Wells said: “RBS staff in Angus now have clear points of contact with trading standards and adult protection with whom they can discuss cases where vulnerable bank customers may have been, or are at, serious risk of financial harm.”
Julie Coutts, local chief executive officer RBS, added: “I am delighted to work closely with Angus Council to raise awareness of scams and financial abuse to protect more of our customers from financial harm.”
Angus Council’s spokesperson on consumer protection, Councillor Mairi Evans, commented: “We are determined to help the people of Angus defend themselves from organised criminals – particularly those who target our more vulnerable citizens.
“We will tackle this issue by working with all our partners to identify the source of the scams and to protect victims.
“Because so many of the scammers come from abroad, our most important task is to prevent people being fraud victims by making as many people as we can aware of the dangers.
“If you are worried about anyone you know having been the victim of fraud, whether it is from doorstep callers, mail or phone scams or internet frauds, please get in touch with the council.”
She continued: “People think there is nothing that can be done, but often there are measures we can take to help victims, including action to help prevent repeat victimisation.”
You can report scams to trading standards via the council’s ACCESLine 08452 777 778 and any fraud to Police Scotland on 101.