“Scams are very common, and can affect absolutely anyone. And they can cost people
hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
“It’s heart-breaking for our advisers to see local people conned out of their money
– especially when scams can so often be avoided.”
He added: “Our message to those in the Western Isles throughout this month is that
you need to be vigilant and watch out for scams, and there are some easy steps you
can take to protect yourself and your family.
“But we also want people to know that help is available, and that if you are a victim
of a scam you should report it so we can try and stop it hurting others.
“Though scams can affect anyone, we will be focusing each week on particular groups
who might be vulnerable to certain types of scam. This week for example we want to
warn people who are ‘life-established,’ meaning they are in work and financially
“Such people might feel they are not vulnerable to scams, but in fact we often see
people at the CAB who have been targeted precisely because they are in that situation
– for example by scams offering pensions or investments. Dating websites are also
rife with scammers these days.
“So our message to people in this group is to be particularly aware of such scams. Our
general advice is to always be vigilant, take your time before making any decisions
to part with your cash, and if something sounds too good to be true it probably is.”
Campaign urges people to watch out for scams
3 July 2017
Western Isles Citizens Advice Service has launched a local campaign to make islanders
aware of the dangers of scams.
Scams Awareness Month is being run across the UK by the Citizens Advice service (CAB)
and Trading Standards. It is aimed at everyone and covers all types of scams.
As part of the campaign, the local CAB will be running information and messages on
A spokesman for WICAS, said: “This is one of the most important campaigns we run