East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP)

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East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) 

The East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) is a county-wide partnership committed to helping protect residents against scams through raising awareness about the different types of scams. It is a partnership of organisations - businesses, charities, church groupos, clubs, community enterprises, councils, societies, voluntary groups and other partners - committed to taking a stand against scams with the aim of making East Sussex a scam-free county. Please join us!

Scams are fraud and fraud is a crime.  We should report them not ignore them. Each year scams cost the UK economy between £5bn-£10bn. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact upon victims.  Anyone can be a victim irrespective of age, gender, education or economic background. 

Being a victim of this crime can have devastating impacts upon people. These crimes are targeted at people in our communities who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including poverty, isolation, frailty, cognitive impairment, and because they are specifically targeted by organised predatory criminals. 

The Partnership will: 

(1) Help raise awareness about scams so people realise scams are fraud and fraud is a crime;

(2) Help prevent people from becoming victims; and 

(3) Find improved ways of identifying and recording scam victims so there is a clearer understanding of the true scale and impact of scams upon our residents. 

Partners are asked to sign up to a Charter, pledging their support by committing to undertake actions, all of which will help take a stand against scams. Examples could include:

Displaying posters and / or literature;

Sharing scams-related key messages via social media channels;

Running Friends Against Scams awareness raising sessions for staff, family and friends, members and volunteers.  For further details, visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk). 

Please note: these sessions are complementary to East Sussex County Council safeguarding awareness and training procedures which should always be followed. If unclear about any aspects of safeguarding in relation to these sessions, please contact Health and Social Care Connect on telephone no.  0345 60 80 191 to discuss.

Through these actions, Charter partners will help protect their customers, staff, volunteers, the general public, neighbours, friends and family from being targeted by criminals, meet their corporate social responsibilities, and have opportunities for networking with other like-minded organisations.

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If you would be interested in signing up to the Charter, please contact Elaine Bowdery on telephone no. 01273 335670 or email elaine.bowdery@eastsussex.gov.uk

Page last updated: 6 October 2017

 

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