People across Nottinghamshire are being asked to take five to stop fraud and ensure they do not fall victim to a fraudulent attack by phone, text, email or online.
Everyone should always take five minutes to reflect and step back from the situation if a phone call, message or online exchange requests personal or financial information.
Even if an individual says they are the bank or other trusted organisation, you still need to take the time to stop and think about what’s really going on.
That’s the message from Rushcliffe Borough Council and partners across the county as part of the national campaign Take Five Week 2023 which runs until April 21 and urges residents to:
STOP - Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE - Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT - Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
Always take a step back to take the five minutes and follow these key steps to avoid falling victim to fraud:
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks said: “Take 5 week raises awareness and provides vital information for residents to help protect themselves and fight financial fraud and scams.
“Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.
“To help everyone stay safe from fraud and scams, residents should take the time to stop, think and protect themselves.
“For further advice and support, visit the Take Five website."