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Countywide scams partnership gets funding boost from Police Commissioner

ACTING Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby, has today (10th August 2020) awarded £10k to enable Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) to continue stamping out scammers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The partnership brings together over 20 local partners, groups and organisations who pool resources, initiatives and ideas to help people protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud and to support those who suffer the misfortune of becoming a victim.

Throughout Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown, CAPASP has continued to work hard to help communities understand how to keep themselves safe and to make sure they are alert to predatory fraudsters using the pandemic for their own gain.

Acting Police and Crime Commissioner, Ray Bisby said:

“In these challenging times there are many genuine people and organisations offering support to people in their local communities, and this has been heartening to see.

“However, Action Fraud have reported that victims have lost an estimated £11 million to scams related to coronavirus. Partnerships such as CAPASP are the key to ensuring we do everything we can to support those who are most vulnerable from exploitation at the hands of fraudsters.”

Charlotte Homent, Lead for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Acting Police and Crime Commissioner which will enable us to continue our work in building community resilience to scams.

“We have established a strong network of partners who work together to safeguard those most at risk of being scammed. We also have a growing legion of supporters who receive scams awareness information to share within their community, thereby helping to build local resilience to the financial and emotional harms of scams”

Visit the CAPASP website to find out more about becoming a CAPASP supporter or for more help and advice on how to avoid scams.