Scams Awareness Month 2015 (SAM 2015) took place in July, but its messages are applicable throughout the year.
This year, Citizens Advice Scotland's All Shapes and Sizes campaign encouraged the public to fight back by 'ending the call, trashing the email, ripping-up the letter and closing the door'.
Phone. Online. Mail. Doorstep. Scammers strike through a wide-range of methods and mould their schemes to events. For instance, in 2015, following the opening up of the pensions system, we are on the look out for investment scams.
They target everyone: all ages and backgrounds, in every part of Scotland. To reflect that, Citizens Advice bureaux across the country have displayed campaign materials and undertaken local activity.
Throughout SAM 2015, the public were encouraged to get involved, either by popping in on their local CAB, or engaging via social media to report local scams they had heard about. It is through old fashioned 'spreading the word' that many scams are stopped, and this can now be extended to Twitter and Facebook.
Through each week of SAM 2015, there was a particular focus on a different type of scam, also reflected in Citizens Advice Scotland's campaign materials.
online scams – week beginning July 6th
mail scams – week beginning July 13th
telephone scams – week beginning July 20th
doorstep scams – week beginning July 27th
CAS and CABs worked with their partners on SAM 2015, including Police Scotland, Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and Scottish Water.
With a strong focus on community activity, we helped publicise local events and action. Here's a 'scams top 10' video that this year's SAM launch hosts, Nairn CAB, made with the CAS Community Action Team:
For an in-depth guide to recent scams, have a look at Citizens Advice England and Wales' relevant pages: here