Shoppers given advice on scams
25 June 2018 11:48

(Courtesy of the Bognor Regis Post)

MORE than 100 shoppers in a Bognor Regis store were given advice about how to avoid being conned.

The event at the Tesco store in Shripney Road was held to raise awareness about online scams and being safe online.

Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice was joined by West Sussex trading standards officers as well as the county community safety and wellbeing service for the occasion.

Ken Porter, of Citizens Advice, said they were pleased about how the occasion last Thursday was received by customers.

“Residents were most interested to know how to avoid uninvited telephone calls and to get safe online.

“We managed to have good conversations with over 100 people.”

The event was staged last Thursday to mark national scams awareness month. It was followed by another at the Tesco Extra in Chichester yesterday.

People learned about the common signs of a scam, such as receiving an offer that sounds too good to be true or being told to pay in advance for goods or a service.

The final event will take place at Morrisons in Littlehampton from 10am-1pm on June 28.

In the past ten months, Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice has provided help to more than 50 residents who had been affected by some form of scam.

“Scams in the area range from one local person losing over £7,500 in a financial fraud to local people losing money in upfront deposit and rental payments for houses that, in the end, were not on the market for rental,” said Mr Porter.

“It is important to protect passwords and user-IDs as we are now starting to see the first signs of social media identity theft and, as a result, all personal details are being abused by the scammer.”