Recognition for East Sussex County Council in the fight against fraud

A scam-busting initiative spearheaded by East Sussex County Council has been recognised at an awards ceremony.

The work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team in fighting mass marketing fraud and protecting the most vulnerable people in communities was highly commended in the MJ Achievement Awards.

The team is hosted and founded by East Sussex County Council and funded by the National Trading Standards Board. Since 2012 officers have been working to combat mass marketing fraud which costs UK consumers around £3.5 billion every year. Scams are often targeted at the vulnerable or disadvantaged.

The National Trading Standards Scams Team launched following the discovery of a “victim list” – the details of people who have previously been scammed which is bought and sold by fraudsters. The list contained more than 100,000 names.

Research by East Sussex Trading Standards found a gap in the system that let victims of mass marketing fraud down which led to the development of the team.