outreach campaign has been launched to help residents
across Nottinghamshire tackle the threat of fraud. ‘Tackling
Fraud’ has already seen thousands of people across
the county receive advice and support about the dangers
UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and Rural Community
Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) have been appointed by Outreach
Solutions to deliver the campaign, which is funded by
Nottingham’s fraud and ID experts Experian, along
with Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Office of
the Police & Crime Commissioner and Cifas.
UK Notts and RCAN are making contact and working with
a range of community groups and individuals to provide
advice on how to spot fraudulent activity and stop it
happening to them or people they know or care for.
campaign is aimed primarily at those who are aged 55+
who may be more susceptible to fraudulent approaches.
It looks at some of the most common scams, and advises
what people can do to protect themselves from becoming
a recent session at a local Knit & Natter Group, one
woman shared her story about how she had been scammed
out of £6,000 shortly after her husband had passed
away. By highlighting steps that she took to have her
money reimbursed, it will enable others to take away important
knowledge on how they can avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
Mothershaw, fraud expert from Experian, commented:
“Over the last two years we have seen a relentless
rise in ID theft. This rise has been underpinned by current
account fraud and, while the biggest targets for fraudster
have been young renters, our analysis shows that there
has been an increasing focus on older people in retirement.
“People over the age of 65 who typically own their
homes and have good savings to supplement their modest
pensions, have seen the biggest increase in current account
Victims of Fraud (VOF) team was set up more than ten years
ago to provide expert, dedicated support to anyone who
discovers their identity has been hijacked. During the
course of 2015 the team helped almost 14,500 people reclaim
their identity and restore their credit rating, 18% more
people than in 2014 and an all-time high.
Top tips to help people protect themselves from
who has been affected by fraud should report it to Action
Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk