Become a Friend

Become a Friend Against Scams

If you would like to be a Friend Against Scams you can attend a short awareness session in person or complete the online training.

After this session you will be asked to start taking action to take as stand against scams. This could be by talking to your neighbours, friends or family about scams or writing to your local MP asking them to promote scams awareness. For more ideas of what you can do as a Friend, take a look at the 'Friends pledges' at the bottom of this page.

Awareness Sessions

Friends Against Scams awareness sessions are run by SCAMchampions, who are trained and supported by the NTS Scams Team. Each 45 minute awareness session is fun and interactive and a chance to meet other people who want to take a stand against scams.

Awareness sessions run across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can find your nearest session here.

Alternatively, complete the online learning session, which can be done in the comfort of your own home, at work or wherever, is most convenient for you. The online learning is also interactive, so you will be able to learn about scams in a fun way. Complete the online learning here.

Friends' Pledges

As a Friend Against Scams you will be asked to turn the knowledge you have gained about scams into action in order to take a stand against scams.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Tell five people about the Friends Against Scams initiative.
  • Educate and talk to people about scams.
  • Share your Friends Against Scams status on social media.
  • Look out for people who are at risk of being a scam victim in your community.
  • Campaign for change - write to your local MP asking them promote scams awareness.
  • Actively support your local fight against scams by setting up or taking part in scam awareness activity or event in your local area.
  • Make a difference to someone's life by getting in touch and staying in touch, with someone who has been a victim of a scam.
  • Display a poster in the window of your home to show your neighbours that you're part of Friends Against Scams and to promote the initiative.
  • Challenge attitudes about scam victims and help to stamp out the stigma of this commonly misunderstood problem by talking about scams and influencing people to consider scams from a different point of view.