Through December, West Mercia Police and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, will be sharing a national campaign to highlight the types of fraud that are most likely to put the public at risk in the run up to Christmas.
The ’12 Days of Fraud’ will cover a range of topics from romance fraud to shopping fraud and will underline the key ways we can call keep safe.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Garner, from West Mercia Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “These organised crime gangs who are targeting our communities with fraud need to know that we are wise to them and are actively investigating them.
“By alerting the public to the dangers and risks of not challenging some of these types of fraud we can collectively push back on those who are looking to exploit those who are vulnerable to such scams.”
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, said: “Cyber crime costs the UK economy £190billion each year but the impact on communities is more than financial – it can have a long lasting emotional impact. I am committed to ensuring the police have the resources to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime, and that the support is there for victims. Awareness and education is key, and I encourage the public to follow the advice to keep themselves safe this Christmas and beyond.”
Read more about the campaign, and pick up some advice: 12 Days of Fraud | West Mercia Police
DCI Tony Garner joined PCC John Campion in the latest episode of the Safer West Mercia Podcast to discuss Cyber Crime. Listen here: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/safer-west-mercia-podcast/ or watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/aKqXabqmzlo
Been a victim of crime? The following services provide support and advice: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/your-pcc/helping-victims/