The Isle of Wight Council is marking National Scams Awareness Fortnight, which runs until 23 June.

The Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP) is using the opportunity to warn Islanders who have been hit by a scam to STOP, REPORT, and TALK about it.

Cabinet member for community safety and public protection, Councillor Tig Outlaw, said:

“Of course we want residents to be scam aware throughout the year but this fortnight aims to flag it up. Scams come in many different forms – postal, telephone, online – all of which are designed to make victims part with their money and personal details by intimidating them or promising cash, prizes, services and fictitious high returns on investment. It is important to remember that no matter what type of scam, all scams are crimes.

“We work hard with our media partners to flag up any new reported scams to training our partners – including the fire service, police, Age UK, Southern Housing, Action on Hearing Loss and the Citizens Advice team – to be scam aware so you can be confident that if you do have concerns, our partners are able to support you.”