The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is now a Friends Against Scams organisation. Over 75% of our staff and volunteers have completed the Friends Against Scams training to enable us to obtain this standard.
Scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK. People who are scammed often experience loneliness, shame and social isolation.
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.
Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection.
Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action.
Anybody can join Friends Against Scams and make a difference in their own way.
Friends Against Scams currently also has funding to provide people living with dementia with free trueCall call-blocking equipment to reduce the number of nuisance and scam telephone calls they receive. The Wiltshire Bobby Van is also helping them to provide this service by informing people we visit with dementia of the offer and assisting in the process of accessing the free units.