Friends Against Scams initiative

Published: 08 October 2020

• 53% of people over 65 have been targeted by scams

• Only 5% of scams are reported

• Friends Against Scams statistics indicate that the average scam victim has lost over £3,000

• Home Office research states vulnerable older adults defrauded in their own home are 2 ½ times more likely to either die or go into residential care within two years.

Wednesday 21 October is the 4th Birthday of the Friends Against Scams (FAS) initiative.

The idea behind FAS is that we can all protect our family, friends, communities and our customers by getting a little bit more informed about scams by doing a brief online course. It takes around 20 minutes. Then using that knowledge to protect our ‘friends’ and ourselves against scams. By taking five minutes just to talk and discuss scams with those we care for.

Communities, Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Professionals, Charities, plus many more organizations across the Country are joining the FAS initiative.

If you, your team or partner agencies you are connected with would like to become a Friend Against Scams, the link to the online training is below. If we use this web link to promote Friends Against Scams, we can collect statistics about how may ‘friends’ are made in Kent.

National Trading Standards estimates that the average scam victim loses at least £3,000. If every person who is a ‘Friend’ stops one person from becoming a victim, the savings to the individuals wellbeing and the economy are massive. Government estimates that in 2018 criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion from individuals through scams and banking fraud. This does not businesses or public sector. If that loss is for the UK, proportionally it would mean in 2018 criminals stole just over £28 million from Kent individuals through scams and banking fraud.