Crime prevention event in Whitley Bay

27 May 2016 09:25 AM

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Police are hosting a community event in North Tyneside to help people protect themselves against fraudsters.

Staff from Northumbria Police's Crime Prevention Team will be at the Natwest branch on Park View in Whitley Bay on Tuesday, May 31, between 10am and 12noon, to offer tips about staying safe online.

They will be joined by North Tyneside's trading standards officers to answer questions from members of the public.

Officers will be available for advice on a host of issues including banking fraud and scams, spotting fake emails, buying safely online, rogue traders and postal fraud.

They will also discuss doorstep crime prevention including courier fraud, distraction burglary and cold calling.

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said: "We want to encourage people to come along to learn more about how to stop themselves becoming victims of crime.

"It only takes a few simple steps to stay safe both online and in your home to prevent fraudsters from accessing your finances or personal information.

"We will have a crime prevention adviser on hand to answer any questions you might have about fraud, cold calling, online scams and burglary.

"If anyone does think money has gone missing from their account unlawfully they should contact their bank immediately so they can close the account and prevent the risk of any further fraudulent activity."

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