Spotting the danger signs of scammers

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Loan sharks, scams and doorstep crime were some of the topics covered as young people from Calderdale took part in an interactive learning session at Halifax Police Station as part of Volunteers Week 2015.

Attendees at West Yorkshire Police’s Explorers course heard from experts from West Yorkshire Trading Standards’ SAFER (Scams and Frauds Education for Residents) project and the Stop Loan Sharks project.

The session was part of the Explorers programme, which enables people aged 16-18 to investigate different aspects of policing.

Course leaders were delighted by the enthusiasm and skills demonstrated by the young people. Crucial information about how to identify scams and frauds and loan sharking will now be passed on by the Explorers to their friends, families and communities in Calderdale.

The sessions, which are running until June 2015, are based across West Yorkshire and feature inputs from leading local experts in criminality and policing.

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “Through the project, delivered by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and funded by the Big Lottery, we hope to empower older residents to protect themselves against doorstep crime. Through innovative partnership working with the Explorers, the younger generation will be able to look out for vulnerable people in their community.”