Joining forces to target scammers

Angus Council and Police Scotland are to launch a campaign to investigate a number of suspected cases of financial harm involving local people.

Acting on information from the National Scam Hub, the police will visit people who may have been victims of financial scamming.

Known as Operation CARPUS, the campaign is the latest to be carried out as part of the council’s commitment to work with partners to pursue the goal of a scam free Angus.

If scamming is found to have taken place, steps will be taken to prevent any further loss and advice and assistance will be offered to the individuals involved.

Councillor Glennis Middleton, convener of social work and health, said: “We know that many of our citizens are victimised by scammers and that millions are lost to the local economy every year.

“I am delighted that our policy on financial harm is proving to be far more than just a document, but is actually resulting in focused action by council staff and partners to reduce the amount of harm occurring.”

Gordon Milne, Angus local area commander for Police Scotland, added: “Police Scotland is wholeheartedly committed to keeping people safe and that ethos extends to doing everything possible to protect our most vulnerable from criminals who sometimes have very complex and convincing ploys to steal life savings.

“Operation CARPUS is something we are taking extremely seriously. We know that there is a strong link between mail and phone scams and serious and organised national and international criminal gangs. With our partners, we will do everything we can to keep Angus people safe from these evil and vile crimes.”

Anyone worried that they have been a victim of a scam can seek help from the council’s trading standards team via ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778, or Police Scotland on 101.

To get alerts and information on scams in the area follow @ScamFreeAngus on Twitter.