Money seized from organised crime is being used to help equip businesses with the tools they need to fight back against fraudsters.
Shopkeepers, offices and local enterprises across the region are now able to download a copy of the Little Book of Big Scams – a comprehensive guide which gives them the tools they need to tackle fraud.
From smaller scams to larger, more elaborate cons - the book, which was originally produced by The Metropolitan Police, offers expert advice to businesses on how they can stay safe and spot fraudsters before it’s too late.
Funding for the books has come from the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS) – a fund made up of cash seized from the pockets of those involved in serious and organised crime.
Detective Sergeant Paddy O’Keefe from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) has championed the move saying it will help to empower local businesses in the fight against fraud.
He said: “Across the country, hundreds of businesses have been targeted by fraudsters and we are working hard to make sure that those in our area are equipped with the tools they need to keep their data and their finances safe. This is even more important given the current climate, where we have seen a number of Coronavirus related scams crop up.
“Fraud can have a devastating impact on small to medium enterprises and can ruin people’s livelihoods. As well as pursuing these brazen criminals it’s also our job to make sure people know how to spot a scam and feel empowered enough to challenge these shameless criminals.
“By using funds which have been seized from organised crime, we can make sure the most vulnerable are given the support they need to prevent them from falling victim.”
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