Friends Against Scams

Would you, your family, your community, or workplace like to understand more about scams and why people can become scam victims?

If so then join others to become one of a growing number of ‘Friends Against Scams’.

Financial abuse through scams affects the lives of millions of people across the UK. More than £5 billion is lost to scams in the UK each year. People who are scammed will lose money and may also suffer a loss of independence, of good health and of wellbeing. Many people do not report being a victim, but silence is a scammer’s best friend.

Championed in Dorset by Dorset County Council Trading Standards Service, ‘Friends Against Scams’ is a national initiative that aims to:

  • Highlight the scale of the problem by getting communities talking about scams.
  • Change the perceptions of why people become scam victims.
  • Prevent people from becoming or continuing to be a scam victim.
  • Recruit people to join the fight against scams, turning knowledge into action.

For more information on how to become a ‘Friend Against Scams’ visit

Anyone can become a scam victim, if it has happened to you contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 who will take this situation seriously. This helpline is the first point of contact for consumers seeking advice or wishing to report a problem to trading standards.