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Friends Against Scams celebrates its two year anniversary

  • Published: 19-11-2018 at 08:11

The number of people recruited to help fight scams in Lincolnshire has reached the 2,000 milestone.

The news comes as the campaign to fight conmen – called Friends Against Scams – celebrates its two years anniversary.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Stuart Tweedale joined the campaign last summer as one of only 45 SCAMbassadors across the UK.

The role of SCAMbassadors, is to use their influence to raise the profile of this problem amongst agencies and local residents in a drive to prevent people falling victim.

Since then the deputy PCC has been on a crusade to educate, inform and promote the public and agencies about how to prevent fraud.

He was directly responsible for Lincolnshire Police joining the campaign as a Friends Against Scams Organisation – making Lincolnshire the first county in the UK to have both the PCC and local force signed up.

He delivered his first awareness session in Ruskington in 2016 and since then the campaign has gone from strength to strength. There are now 3 SCAMbassadors, 33 Scam Champions and 1,977 Friends throughout the county.

He has also recruited and trained staff and volunteers across a huge range of organisations including:

• North Kesteven District Council
• Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, its cadets and volunteers
• Lincolnshire Police Cadets
• Women’s institute groups
• Lions, Round Tables and Age Concern
• Lincolnshire Co-op staff

“I am so proud that we have managed to recruit so many people in the fight against scams,” said Mr Tweedale.

“Although the elderly and most vulnerable are often the target of these contemptable criminals in reality anyone can be the victim. That’s why it is so important for us to be very proactive in fighting this.

“All agencies working together will be the only way we can defeat this crime and I am delighted that Lincolnshire is leading the way.”

Each year cons cause cost UK residents between £5bn and £10bn. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or