Working together for Citizens Advice Scotland – Robin Currie, of Argyll and Bute Council and Jackie Baillie MSP. Picture by Bill Heaney
By Liam O’Heanai
Dumbarton and Lomond MSP, Jackie Baillie, has backed Citizens Advice Scotland’s Scams Awareness Campaign.
The Citizens Advice network, which has seen an increase in people seeking advice on reporting scams over the last year, has launched the campaign in a bid to equip people with the skills they need to spot scams, tackle the stigma surrounding scams and to promote the importance of reporting.
Research from Citizens Advice Scotland shows that 46% of people in Scotland have been targeted by a scam at least once in the past year. With 16 – 25 year olds most likely to be targeted by an email scam – 43% – and people over 65 most likely to be targeted over a landline phone.
People who think that they have been a victim of a scam are encouraged to seek advice from their local Citizens Advice Bureau, register the scam with the Police on 101 or seek further help. More information about the Citizens Advice Scotland campaign can be found at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/sa2019/.
Jackie Baillie said: “Scammers often target those who are vulnerable and the effect of the scam can be devastating for victims.
“Citizens Advice Scotland’s campaign is vitally important to help people spot the signs of a scam and make them aware of what to do if they do fall victim.
“I would encourage anyone who may have fallen victim to a scam to contact Citizens Advice Scotland for information on how they can report this crime and for more information people can visit the Citizens Advice website.”
Meanwhile, Argyll and Bute Council has announced that Argyll and Bute Citizen’s Advice Bureau (ABCAB) has been awarded the contract to deliver debt counselling and welfare rights advice across the area as of 1 July 2019.
Council services will focus resources on those who are particularly vulnerable and in need of urgent advice. ABCAB will work closely with the council and will support the work of the many other advice agencies who continue to operate and provide valuable services to residents of Argyll and Bute.
Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Communities, Housing, the Islands and Gaelic, said: “We would like to welcome ABCAB to our partnership and look forward to working with them. There are too many people facing hardship within our communities. We very much wish to offer them as many avenues as possible to find the right support, at the right time.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations in Argyll and Bute who provide advice and support to our residents each and every day.”
ABCAB Manager, Gillian McInnes, said: “We are delighted to have this partnership with Argyll and Bute Council and to be able to provide free, confidential and impartial advice and support to people across Argyll and Bute.”
More information can be found at: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/advice-services