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Scams Awareness Month May 2014





Welcome to SAM14 - the Scams Awareness Month 2014 page!


What are scams? Scams are schemes to con people out of their money.  Scams come in a variety of ways: post, phone, email, online, even a knock at the door. Every year more than 3 million people in the UK fall victim to scams, losing hundreds and even thousands of pounds.  Read Citizens Advice's warnings and top tips here or follow the link to the scams month press release on this site. Do you want to know more? Is it a scam? What should you do next? Any questions should be directed to our Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06

In our final week the focus was on doorstep scams: click here for more on this, including pics of David at the Bullingdon Community Centre with Age UK Oxfordshire

Or read Lou's blog on the 'silent victims' of scams here

May was Scams Awareness Month. Throughout the month we were working with Trading Standards and our local CEP partners, both CABs and other agencies, to try and help consumers to protect themselves against scams.  For information about events and stands in Oxfordshire, and to offer your own help, see below, or contact the CEP coordinator on 01865 304125 or 


IMG_0584 - Marcus's photo at Central Lib resized.JPG


Out and about around the county

The following dates were in the diary for May and there are more in June - depending on further offers of help.

Tuesday, May 6th - Templars Square Shopping Centre, Cowley: stand with information and general advice - manned all day

Monday, May 12th - Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury: stand with information and general advice - manned all day

Monday, May 19th - Abingdon Market Square: stand with information and general advice - manned all morning

Tuesday, May 20th - Radio Oxford - Kat's afternoon show (2-3pm) Kate from Trading Standards and David from Oxford CAB were guests of Kat and will bring news of victims of scams and general advice on avoiding them - we welcome people phoning in with their own story. 

Tuesday, May 20th - Woolgate Clock Tower outside Waitrose, Witney: stand with information and advice - manned all day (TBC)

Tuesday, May 20th - Thame Market outside the CAB: stand with information and advice 

Any day in May:  There are displays with free materials to take away at Oxford Central Library and Witney Library


A SCAMNESTY BOX near you!   Trading Standards have distributed a total of 85 boxes around the county, from libraries to Wellbeing Centres and advice agencies, and from Banbury to Henley and Witney to Wheatley.  


"Scamnesty" letterbox locations around Oxfordshire:

 Libraries: Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Blackbird Leys, Carterton, Oxford Central Library, Cowley, Didcot, Headington, Henley, Kidlington, Summertown, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage and Witney.

 Health and wellbeing centres: Horspath Driftway in Oxford, Britwell Road in Didcot, Launton Road in Bicester, Garston Road in Wantage, Millington Road in Wallingford and Ruskin Road in Banbury.

 Citizens Advice Bureaux: Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot, Banbury, Thame, Wallingford, Witney and Henley

Age UK Oxfordshire venues at Community Centres all round Oxford.


Resources are available for both consumers and partners through David (see above) or direct from  Posters, postcards and a briefing document for partners are all available on this page to download. Scroll down to the bottom of this page...

Think Jessica: You can also go to the hard-hitting website set up in memory of Jessica, a tragic victim of postal scams, for both inspiration and resources:



For more information on the broader work of the Consumer Empowerment Partnership (CEP) in Oxford, click here. Or follow us on or Twitter @OxfordConsumer. 


Attached Documents
Scams Awareness A3 poster (PDF File)
Scams Awareness A4 poster (PDF File)
Scams Awareness A6 postcard (PDF File)

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