Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum raises awareness following spate of scams and frauds

Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum raises awareness following spate of scams and frauds

The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum (JFPF) is launching a targeted campaign next week to raise further awareness about frauds and scams affecting Islanders.

Through shared intelligence, the JFPF partners are working together to highlight the various ways in which local residents are currently being targeted such as banking scams, telephone fraud, postal scams, holiday villa fraud, and dishonest activity on local auction and ‘buy and sell’ web pages.

Chairman of the Fraud Prevention Forum, Chief Inspector Chris Beechey commented:

“Living in Jersey we can too easily be overly trusting, believing that the Island is a safe place and that we’re protected from frauds and scams. But this sadly is not always the case. For example, before Christmas a number of Islanders were targeted by fraudsters in a banking scam. The combined total stolen was in excess of £217,000. By taking this joint approach with all Forum partners actively involved, we know that we can reach more Islanders and hopefully prevent people from falling victim.”

As part of the campaign, all Island homes will receive a JFPF newsletter, delivered by Forum partner Jersey Post.

The JFPF members will also be embarking on a campaign roadshow, with a visible presence in King Street next Monday and Wednesday respectively, so that the public can get more information and advice.

Under the banner of Forum Partner the Jersey Bankers Association, several banks are also supporting the campaign next week with manned information stands in their St Helier branches for their customers.

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Notes to Editors

The JFPF was set up in 2016 by a group of local organisations to provide alerts and advice on how to guard against fraudsters and scammers. The partner agencies are: States of Jersey Police, Jersey Financial Services Commission, Jersey Bankers Association, Jersey Consumer Council, Jersey Post, Trading Standards, Digital Jersey, Citizens Advice Bureau, Airtel Vodafone, JT and Sure.

JFPF Roadshow Times

Monday 22 January 10:30-14:30 – King Street / Don Street

Wednesday 24 January 10:30-14:30 – King Street / Don Street

Thursday 25 January 10:00-15:00 – NatWest, Library Place

Friday 26 January 10:30-15:30 Lloyds, Broad Street