Friends Against Scams
As everyone is trying to act together during this current situation, there are always people that will try to exploit the situation. Coronavirus specific advice has ben developed by a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative called Friends Against Scams, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
The NTS Scams Team is funded by National Trading Standards and is hosted by Surrey County Council. The team was founded in 2012 to tackle the problem of postal, telephone and doorstep scams. The team works across England and Wales with trading standards and partner agencies to investigate scams and identify and support those who fall victim to them.
Postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted specifically at disadvantaged consumers or those in periods of vulnerability. The NTS Scams Team estimates that the detriment to UK consumers as a result of these scams is between £5 and £10 Billion a year.