Online dating safety

Dating fraudsters are heartless criminals who mostly operate online to manipulate their victims.

The Bobby Van Stay Safe Online Team advise that you protect yourself from online dating fraud by following these simple tips:

  • Get to know the person, not just their profile and ask plenty of questions. Don’t rush into an online relationship.
  • Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
  • Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
  • Never send money to someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you’ve been speaking to them.
  • Don’t move the conversation off the dating site until you are confident the person is who they say they are.


If you are aged over 60, or 18+ registered with a disability, the Stay Safe Online Team can help with free online safety awareness tuition and hands-on help and advice.

To make an appointment:

Call: 01380 861191


Safer Internet Day 2018

Grandparents seize the opportunity to support Safer Internet Day.

You play a crucial role in supporting parents to look after children and with this comes the responsibility of helping to keep them safe. Click on the image below to visit the Safer Internet Day 2018 website to find out more, also read on to see how we can help!


If you are aged over 60, or 18+ registered with a disability, the Stay Safe Online Team, can help to empower you to be the best digital role models with free online safety awareness tuition and hands-on help and advice.

To make an appointment:

Call: 01380 861191


Calne Rotary Club 30th Charity 10km Fun Run at Bowood on 18th March 2018

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is one of the charities chosen by the Calne Rotary Club this year that they are actively encouraging participants in the run to raise sponsoship money for!

So why not enjoy a great day running in the beautiful surroundings of Bowood House and help raise ever-needed funds for us?

To find out more please click here.

Also visit the Calne Rotary Club events page or the Bowood webpage about the run.

17th Century Galleon Model raises £380 for the WBVT

In a recent acution at Wessex Auction Rooms, the 17th Century Galleon model raised a wonderful total of £380 for the work we do.

Our grateful thanks go to Mr Max Beare who kindly donated the galleon following its restrocation by himself and his late brother-in-law Len Furguson.

The auctioneer’s estimate was betwee £50-80, so everyone is thrilled with the amount it finally went for.

The sale was promoted in a Gazette & Herald article earlier this month – click here to read it in full and see more images of the Galleon.

We are now a Friends Against Scams Organisation!

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”.

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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.