We are excited to share details of the Neighbourhood Watch July campaign SLING YOUR HOOK to help tackle scams.
WHY ‘SLING YOUR HOOK’?
The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:
They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).
We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right. This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.
“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network
How can you support this campaign?
LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.
Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm. Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.
Do you live or work in Illingworth, Ovenden or Mixenden?
We are looking for local people to join our trustee board
Founded in 1998, North Halifax Partnership Ltd is a resident -led charity working for and with local people
We don’t just work in North Halifax. We provide many services and activities to improve personal and community health and wellbeing across North and East Halifax and the Lower Calder Valley. They include community projects, children’s centres, family support, Staying Well , family learning, and work support.
We are one of the Community Anchors of Calderdale and we bring people and organisations together in local places.
We would love to hear from both from people who have no previous experience, and those looking for a new trustee role on a friendly and dedicated board. We’re particularly looking for applicants who:
Living or working in Illingworth & Mixenden or Ovenden wards
Finance, Audit and Risk management in an SME or large business
Senior Management experience in NHS, Police, and Schools – with a passion for best practice delivery involving local communities
Raising educational aspiration and attainment in local communities though increased participation
We want to increase the diversity of our board to reflect our community and particularly welcome ethnic minority applicants.
Have a look at what some of our board members say about their experience as an NHP Board member.