13 OCT 2017

Barclays Financial Fraud Awareness Scheme

MP highlights scheme aiming to prevent £1.4 bn losses every year

Barclays held a fraud awareness event at its branch in Fremlin Walk, Maidstone to help customers to understand how to protect themselves from fraudsters. Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald visited to hear about Barclays' work in this area and to help raise the profile of the issue.

The event was part of a digital safety drive that Barclays has launched to encourage people to consider their own digital vulnerability and improve their fraud awareness. The initiative includes a national advertising campaign alongside a series of digital safety sessions delivered in branches across the country.

During the event literature was available and Barclays staff were on hand to provide advice about safe banking and measures that can be taken to avoid becoming a victim of fraudsters.

Suzann Giles, manager of the Barclays in Maidstone said: "This was a great opportunity to talk to our customers about some of the scams operating locally and how to take sensible, and simple, measures to avoid becoming victims of such crimes."

We are very grateful to Helen Grant MP for her support in raising the profile of this issue."

Helen Grant MP said: "Financial fraud involving payment cards, remote banking and cheques is a massive and growing problem. In 2016 almost £800 million was lost to fraud but due to schemes such as Barclays almost £1.4bn was prevented. It is up to all of us to be vigilant and take every measure available to help fight this problem and I commend Barclays for this initiative".

Barclays is the first bank to commit to a TV ad campaign to build consumer awareness of fraud.

The advert includes a call to action to access a supporting website for further information on how individuals can help protect themselves www.barclays.co.uk/fraudsmart.

To check their digital safety people can take the quiz at the Barclays Digital Safety Hub or simply search for "Barclays Digital Safety".

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