Blackpool Police raise awareness of fraud during Christmas period

Monday, December 19, 2022


NatWest Bank in Blackpool recently held an anti-fraud event, aimed at safeguarding its customers during the Christmas period.

The event, branded ‘Don’t be a Victim’, was held at the bank’s Corporation Street branch and was attended by police officers from Blackpool’s Early Intervention Team.

Officers met with customers who have previously been victims of fraud, educating them on how not to fall victim to the latest scams by holding one-to-one sessions. Support materials were also provided for food banks, learning difficulties support and befriending services.

PC Paul Austin said: “We had a fantastic time at NatWest Bank. It was great to work alongside their staff and share our knowledge by supporting the most vulnerable within our community. 

“Frauds can adversely affect victims and their families’ mental health and wellbeing, and it was good to be able to offer that re-assurance and additional information we have within our department around helping them cope with this.

“I look forward to similar events to share and work alongside partners to make more of our community aware, and to prevent this horrendous type of crime from happening as often as possible”.

Fallon Helsby, NatWest Branch Manager said: “I wish to send my personal thanks to PC Paul and PC Laura who attended on the day.

“The advice given was well received by those who attended on the day and the event was a great success. We are hoping to hold similar events in the new year.”

Have you or someone you know been a victim of fraud?

Anyone with information or concerns should call us on 101 or you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at

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