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Scams Awareness Month 2016

The campaign will launch for the 4th time on the 1st July 2016. Last year 38 CAB offices took part by campaigning on social media or displaying posters. Many held events to talk about scams face to face with local people. Many worked in partnership with local agencies making scams a priority and protecting those most at risk.

Scams aren’t a minor inconvenience: they cause distress and misery, and can ruin lives. If you decide to take part in this year's campaign, you're helping to give people the awareness that will help them protect themselves and those in their families and communities who are less able to spot scams. Scams Awareness Month 2016 aims to create a confident community of consumers; people who get timely advice from trusted sources, people who report scams and share their experiences so that others can benefit.

Campaign fast grants and activity ideas

If you are a bureau and are considering applying for a campaign fast grant, click here to find out more about what's involved. The grants fund is open until Friday 8th July.

Campaign resources

There are a range of campaign tools for the Citizens Advice service, Trading Standards and others to help you take part in the campaign. The following materials can be downloaded from the bottom of this page:

  • A4 Poster
  • A3 Poster
  • A6 Postcard - telephone scams
  • A6 Postcard - online scams
  • A6 Postcard - mail scams 
  • A6 Postcard - doorstep scams
  • Model press release - promote your events
  • Model letter to MP/MSP - Scams Awareness Month visit 
  • Images for use on waiting room screens
  • Images for use on desktops (both medium and high resolution images)
  • PowerPoint presentation to introduce campaign (can be amended for your own use)

We have some printed resources available which we can post out free of charge to citizens advice bureau and trading standards offices. Please contact Lucy Manson at to order these.

NB - the campaign posters and postcards have been set up for professional printers - choose 'actual size' in your print settings if printing in-house.

Shareable social media resources

  • Twitter header image
  • Set of images to post on Twitter (blank images included for your own messages)
  • Set of images to post on Facebook (blank images included for your own messages)