Helping to Stop the Scammers
Published 07 Jun 2021

Libraries NI is running a week of online events from the 7 to 11 June to provide essential help and support for people who want to protect themselves from the increasing risk of modern day scams.

Scams are now widespread across Northern Ireland and, with more people working from home due to the pandemic, the level of scam activity is on the increase. Scams can impact everyone, targeting people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels with older and retired people being particularly vulnerable. The impact of scams is often financial alongside a major loss of confidence and psychological trauma.

To help support customers in communities, Libraries NI will be working with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Allstate and Danske Bank to deliver a programme of Zoom events to provide essential advice as well as opportunities for question and answer sessions.

Paul Kelly, Libraries NI Senior Information and Services Learning Manager said;

“During lockdown, as part of our ongoing IT training sessions, scams were frequently mentioned by customers to staff as an ongoing area of concern. Our Digital Team members were often upset by the trauma that some customers had experienced so I am delighted that these events will provide another opportunity for people to learn how to identify scams and I am grateful for staff from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Allstate and Danske Bank for adding their level of expertise.”

Chair of the Scamwise NI Partnership, Superintendent Gerard Pollock said;

“We are pleased to support the Libraries NI event by hosting a talk about scams as the threat of fraud, both online and offline against the public is an important priority for us. Unfortunately there has been an increase in the number of scams reported to us over recent months and they are becoming more and more sophisticated.

“We look forward to making people aware of the different scams that exist and how to avoid falling victim to them. If you would like to learn more about scams or have a family member or friend that would benefit from joining the talk, please register online for free.”

For any person struggling with technology or not familiar with using Zoom, simply call the Libraries NI Digital team on 028 9039 5989 (Mon - Fri 9:15am - 4:45pm) with a brief description of how you need IT help and library staff will phone you within 48 hours with free and helpful advice.

Click here to register for these online events or to find out more information.

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