Scamming has reached epidemic proportions according to Friends against Scams scheme. Neighbourhood watch teams in Sussex are joining together to gather more volunteers for the organisation.
The main focus of the scheme is to protect those more vulnerable to scams particularly the elderly.
They are also aiming to raise awareness of the magnitude of the issue and encourage people to help each other and prevent these scams from happening.
So what counts as a scam?
According to the Friends Against Scams website it can come in many forms, usually any uninvited e-mail, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises.
Online, they offer a Friends Against Scam awareness session and an online training session. This teaches anyone the different types of scams and how to spot and support victims. They hope this also spreads awareness and information through word of mouth.
The sessions are run by SCAMchampions, who are trained and supported by the NTS Scams Team.
Anyone is encouraged to be involved, there are no joining restrictions.