Jersey Fraud Prevention Webinar: Watch out for Black Friday and Christmas scams

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While there is a big drive to buy local this year to support Jersey businesses, it’s inevitable that islanders will still do some of their shopping online, particularly when there are attractive offers around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Chairman of the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum, Chief Inspector Chris Beechey will be joined by Anne King from the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner (JOIC), Denis Philippe from the Jersey Financial Services Commission, and Martin Preisig from Jersey Trading Standards to talk about:

  • What online shopping scams are
  • What to look out for with online shopping scams
  • What you can do to protect yourself against these scams
  • How and when to report these scams

The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum

The Forum was set up in 2016 by a group of local organisations to provide alerts and advice for islanders on how to protect themselves 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, Citizens Advice Bureau, the Jersey Honorary Police, CrimeStoppers, Airtel Vodafone, JT, Sure, and Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner.

Speaker’s bios:

Chief Inspector Chris Beechey, States of Jersey Police

As the Chief Inspector for Uniformed Policing, Chris has responsibility for the staff and investigations across the 24/7 response environment, community policing team, proactive crime team and all associated support functions such as the Force Control Room, Custody Suite and Firearms training.

In addition and as part of the senior management team within the States of Jersey Police, he currently has responsibility for Firearms Governance, Roads policing, Mental Health and Cyber Crime strategies. He is also responsible for a number of key partnerships including the Community Advisory Group and Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum and is one of three officers on the Force ‘Gold’ rota responsible for the strategic command of firearms incidents and the initial management of major and critical incidents in the island.

Denis Philippe, Jersey Financial Services Commission

Denis Philippe joined the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) in 2009. He heads up the regulator’s information technology (IT) department with oversight for cyber security, infrastructure and development. Prior to joining the JFSC, Denis was in the civil service for 11 years, delivering systems and managing IT across a number of departments. he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.

Martin Preisig, Trading Standards

Martin Preisig has been a Trading Standards Officer at Jersey Trading Standards for 13 years. The Trading Standards Service is part of Regulation within Infrastructure, Housing and Environment of the Government of Jersey. The main focus of the service is to create and maintain a regulatory environment in which business can prosper, that supports economic growth, builds on the good reputation of the island whilst continually improving consumer confidence.

The Service carries out a range of enforcement activities including:

  • Investigating complaints and enquiries.
  • Providing information and advice to the general public, consumers, business start-ups, community groups, school children and in-house retail and service sector staff groups.
  • Key role in safeguarding in the community promoting awareness of scams and frauds working with partners as a member of the Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum.
  • Carrying out market surveillance activities in relation to online retail activities, product safety and trade mark protection.
  • Work with businesses in providing advice and guidance to maintain compliance and encourage the continual development of best practice. Seek opportunities to provide early advice on compliance and due diligence to new ventures.

Anne King, Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner

Anne King is the Communications and Operations Manager, at the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner (JOIC).

JOIC provides the people of Jersey with a high standard of data protection, they help to practically and ethically promote the information rights of individuals and carry out a regulatory role so as to support the delivery of public services and promote the social and economic interests of the island.

Anne is responsible for raising awareness of the changes to data protection and freedom of information laws in Jersey, and working with businesses across the island offering recommendations on how to become compliant with new laws.

Anne manages the communications team to ensure that JOIC is perceived by the public and industry as positive and pro-active. She organised and launched Jersey’s inaugural Data Protection Week in January 2019, bringing together a selection of data protection experts to inform individuals and businesses on the importance of good privacy practices.