Post offices in fight against scammers

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Local post offices have given their support to a campaign to prevent local people from being the victims of scammers taking their money.

Many people use post offices to transfer money to scammers.

Common cons include people sending cash on the promise of lottery prizes, or transferring money to internet ‘friends’ who have asked for money under the pretext of needing help.

At a recent meeting, sub postmasters from local branches, agreed to work with Angus Council and the police to combat this crime.

When post office staff suspect someone is being conned, they will contact specialist officers from the council and police who will offer advice and support to prevent people falling victim to scammers.

The post offices also agreed to stock and display the Scam Free Angus posters and leaflets.

The work is part of Angus Council’s zero-tolerance campaign against scammers.

Earlier this year, the council became the first in Scotland to adopt a policy on financial harm and financial scams.

Elizabeth McNeill, Forfar sub postmistress said: “It is surprising how many people of all ages seem to be conned out of their money. Although sometimes this can be just a quite small amount, people can send off money frequently.

“When I became aware that social work and trading standards in Angus were offering a service it was a great relief.”