Local Health News | Fraud Awareness - Take Five Day | Andover & VillagesOn Thursday 16 March building societies and banks across the South East will join forces in support of the national fraud awareness ‘Take Five Day’.

For the first time this dedicated day will see events take place at building societies, banks and other financial services providers up and down the country encouraging everyone to find out more about how they can protect themselves from financial fraud.

Across the South East region:

· Nationwide Building Society branches will open 5 minutes early, at 8.55am – branch employees will be on hand to answer questions and help local people learn how to better protect themselves from financial fraud. Leaflets and business cards detailing the 5 top tips will be handed out:

1. Never disclose security details (such as PIN or passwords)

2. Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is genuine

3. Don’t be rushed

4. Listen to your instincts

5. Stay in control

· Representatives from Nationwide’s fraud team will also be available to answer questions from customers at the Eastleigh and Kilburn branches

· Police Community Support Officers will also attend the Eastleigh branch to help support the campaign and educate local people about fraud and how to better protect themselves

Take Five Day is part of the Take Five campaign, launched by Financial Fraud Action UK and backed by Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, and all major banks and key financial services providers across the UK. It aims to put consumers and businesses back in control with straight forward advice to help prevent financial fraud.

Take Five spokesperson and Director of Fraud at Nationwide Building Society, Stuart Skinner said: “We’re proud to support Take Five Day in our branches throughout the South East region and nationally. To help us in the fight against financial fraud we are encouraging everyone to spread the Take Five message – to pause and think before they respond to any financial requests or share any personal or financial details.”

For advice on how to protect themselves from financial fraud, consumers should visit the campaign website www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

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