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Scampaign to crack down on rogues

ScampaignSuffolk Trading Standards has launched a six-month ‘Scampaign’ to crack down on rogue traders and cold callers.

Starting in Scams Awareness Month 2012, Trading Standards is working with some of its 152 consumer champions to front the campaign and raise awareness of six scams that Suffolk people are continually exposed to.

Consumer champions Stephen Amer and Rhoda Staley have kick started the campaign by raising awareness about doorstep crime - watch them talking about their experiences here.

The consumer champion network acts as a vital bridge between Trading Standards and the local community. The volunteers in the network make it easier for people to access information about consumer protection and to build resilience against rogue traders and scams.

Each month will focus on a different issue, starting with doorstep selling, and followed by internet scams (E-crime), foreign lottery scams, debt cancellation, telephone scams and ticketing scams in time for the summer festivals.

Using the latest social media technology, from Facebook to Twitter, consumer champions across Suffolk are the first line of defence when it comes to keeping Suffolk a rogue free zone.

Over 1,000 people follow the Trading Standards’ Twitter feed and its Facebook site has in excess of 300 ‘likes’. The blog, which contains more detailed information about the latest scams and product recalls is viewed around 13,000 times.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said; “Targets of scams, often the elderly or vulnerable, can find themselves on the receiving end of wave after wave of letters, emails, phone calls and visits to their doorstep.

“This is simply unacceptable and something we need to tackle head on in our county. We want to come away from our ‘Scampaign’ feeling we have educated and empowered Suffolk people to identify the warning signs and have the confidence to say ‘no’ to these unscrupulous scammers.”

Follow the campaign online, on Twitter and on Facebook.