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Leaflets distributed in Nottinghamshire to help protect from online fraud

February 9, 2018
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PCSOs and CPOs have been out and about in the Sneinton area handing out leaflets in a bid to raise awareness of online fraud.

It follows a campaign in November where a Nottinghamshire man spoke out about his experiences having been conned out of £200,000. He has worked with Nottinghamshire police to help advise how to protect people.

The fraud team find that many people targeted by fraudsters are in the age bracket where they don't spend a lot of time online so they miss a lot of the online fraud prevention advice.

Detective Inspector Yvonne Dales from the fraud team said: "These leaflets are one of many measures we are taking to help protect our community better from fraud, and this is a great example of how we can work with our partners to help make this happen. Fraud is the fastest growing crime in the UK and the frustrating thing with online fraud is that is preventable if people recognise the signs. If the leaflets help inform just one person and prevent them from falling victim then it's worth doing."

The plan is for the leaflets to be distributed throughout the county at various service providers such as doctors surgeries, shops and hair dressers.

Spread the word about online fraud and make sure your elderly relatives and loved ones know what to look out for.

If you're worried that you or someone you know may have been targeted by a fraudster, please don't hesitate to call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

(CPOs Mohsen Shawkey and Ian Hill pictured)

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.