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This section provides you with the latest initiative news and articles from the Friends Against Scams team. Please use these to increase your knowledge of scams and their effects. All Scam Marshal resources and newsletters can be found here. If there is any other information you would like to see on this page then please contact us.

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Coercive Control update July 2024
Fraud is the most experienced crime in the UK. Victims can face devastating financial, emotional and psychological harm.
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19 Million Lose Money To Scams But Fewer Than A Third Report#NoBlameNoShame campaign launched to encourage people to tal
Weekly Scam Article with the Daily Express
This article is updated regularly.In March 2022, Louise Baxter (Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team) teame
Send Mail (no Need For A Stamp) To:NTSST, FREEPOST, MAIL MARSHALSDue to the success of the campaign in 2020 and 2021, th
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Compensation roll-out begins following landmark investigation
UK Victims Of International Mass Marketing Scam To Be Compensated From Recovered MoniesCompensation Roll-Out Begins Foll
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Get Safe Online and Cifas launch new Check-a-Website capability
Get Safe Online And Cifas Launch New Check-A-Website CapabilityGet Safe Online has partnered with Cifas, the UK’s
Ukraine Crisis Scams
Ukraine Crisis ScamsThe FBI has recently warned about fraudulent schemes seeking donations or other financial assistance
One million friends
One Million Friends!With great excitement, the team is pleased to announce that Friends Against Scams has reached 1,000,
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - Loneliness
Information sourced from Mental Health FoundationThe Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness Week 21 ye
Romance Scams - Elspet's Story
Romance Scams - Elspet's StoryRomance scams are becoming increasingly common as people continue to move online to find l
Doorstep Crime
What Is Doorstep Crime?Doorstep crime refers to rogue traders, bogus callers and distraction burglary. Whilst we do have
British Sign Language For Friends Against Scams
A massive thanks to Bolton Deaf Society for producing the Friends Against Scams awareness session in British Sign Langua
Friends Against Scams Impact Survey 2021
In 2021, the team conducted a survey for those who have completed the FAS training in order to assess the impact and ide
Action Fraud: Romance Fraud Campaign 2022
Swipe left to romance fraud: Family members of online daters urged to help protect their relativesFamily members of onli
FCA Loan Fee Fraud
"2021 has been a tough year for many. However, there are scammers out there looking to make it even tougher. Scammers ar
Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2021 - Winners Of The Outstanding Prevention Initiative
Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2021 - Winners Of The Outstanding Prevention Initiative!The Tackling Economic Crime Award
FASathon 2020!
Friends Against Scams (FAS) is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent peo
World Alzheimer’s Day: Action On Scams
Anyone can be the victim of a scam, however some people are more vulnerable to scams and criminals will use this to thei
Phishing Scams
You wouldn’t let a thief enter your home, but what if the thief was masquerading as someone familiar, such as a po
Friend In Focus - Mitch Williams
We discovered the Friends Against Scams campaign whilst looking for advice and information for our customers and staff a
Businesses Against Scams Press Release
More than 100 organisations are spearheading a new initiative to combat fraud against businesses as more companies and e
Cyber Aware Campaign
CYBER experts have launched measures to protect the UK from online harm as the country continues to rely more on technol
Beware Of COVID-19 Scams
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vuln
The Road To Damascus
This guest article is from Fraudster’s Diary which is a blog ghost written by both Peter Barron, an ex Police Offi
LGA Joins National Campaign To Prevent Scams
The Local Government Association (LGA) is the latest flagship organisation to join the Friends Against Scams campaign, j
Young Friends Against Scams Awareness Session
The Friends Against Scams team are thrilled to launch our Young Friends Against Scams awareness session!Young Friends is
Case Study From Supporting Justice
Supporting Justice is happy to be a Friends Against Scams (FAS) organisation. In the past few years we have seen a signi
The Novice’s Guide To Acronyms In Data Security
Please note: Opinions expressed in this article are those of the guest author and not necessarily of Friends Against Sca
The Rising Need To Promote Cybersecurity Awareness On A National Level
Why We Need To Stay On Top Of Online ScamsThere are two big reasons why scams need to be met head-on with a drive for aw
Useful Information Regarding Lasting Power Of Attorney
Useful links regarding Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA):Who needs an LPA?The government's LPA overview.Guidance for attor
Government Counter Fraud Awards
Awarding excellenceWhen the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team entered the Government Counter Fraud Awards for
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