Fraud awareness event a great success


Friday February 13, 2015

Over 70 residents attended a fraud awareness event on February 10 at Hammersmith Town Hall organised by the H&F Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Association Chair David Millar said: “It seems that every time you open a newspaper there is a story about innocent people being scammed by criminals, whether it be on the telephone or online.

“The Association wanted to ensure that our members have the information they need to help prevent themselves becoming victims of these con merchants. So we invited officers from the Met Police Proactive Fraud Prevention Unit and a speaker from Cifas, the UK’s leading anti fraud agency, to come and speak to our residents about these frauds.”

Jim Egley and Rob Osborne from the MPS demonstrated how fraudsters try to trick people into giving their banking details out over the phone in an entertaining role play. Information about their work with Operation Sterling can be found on the link below.

 Operation Sterling Personal Prevention Toolkit

Sandra Peaston from Cifas told the audience how to avoid being caught out by fraudsters online. Please click on the link below to see a copy of her presentation.

 Fraud and the Internet presentation

Local resident Patricia Hicks said: “This is one of the most useful events I’ve been to in years. Very useful literature which my husband is currently ploughing through; a first for him!”

For more information about frauds, or to report if you think you have been the victim of a scam, please visit:

 Action Fraud website