The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) is a county-wide partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations committed to working together to stop scams and doorstep crime across the county.

Scams are fraud and fraud is a crime. Each year, scams cost the UK economy between £5bn-£10bn. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact upon victims.

While anyone, irrespective of age, gender, education or economic background, can be a victim of a scam, these crimes are experienced particularly by people in our communities who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including poverty, isolation, frailty, disability and cognitive impairment, and by those who have been targeted specifically by organised, predatory criminals.

By sharing knowledge and developing solutions together, we aim to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a safer place for all of our residents.

The aims of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Scams Partnership

The Partnership’s four key aims are:

  1. Communications
  • Improve public and business awareness of scams and increase knowledge about the steps they can take to protect themselves
  • Share consistent messaging and definitions to the public, partners and media
  1. Prevention and Training Tools
  • Participate in the Friends Against Scams initiative, and run awareness raising sessions
  • Increase the protection that everyone, and especially people in vulnerable circumstances, should have against scams
  • Take steps to make it more difficult for anyone to be targeted by criminals
  • Introduce stronger obstacles and safeguards on the mechanisms used by perpetrators to reach their victims
  1. Reporting and Referral Pathways
  • Introduce consistent definitions and recording of scams to aid understanding of the true scale of the impact of scams
  • Develop improved joint working and referral pathways between organisations and common support pathways for victims
  1. Supporting Victims
  • Improve and streamline the early identification of potential victims of scams and ensure they are offered appropriate support
  • Promote the Scam Marshals scheme to victims as a way of empowering them in the fight against scams

Remove or reduce any possible stigma and embarrassment about being a victim of scams and ensure victims are supported like victims of other crimes

Partnership Charter

CAPASP has produced a Charter which sets out the commitments we have made collectively to build a Cambridgeshire that is taking a stand against scams and doorstep crime.

List of partners

  • Age UK
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Care Network
  • Citizens Advice Peterborough
  • East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership
  • Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU)
  • Fenland Community Safety Partnership
  • NatWest Bank
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Safe Local Trades
  • South Cambridgeshire Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
  • The Bobby Scheme
  • Wisbech Town Council

List of supporters

How to become a partner or supporter

If you are interested in joining CAPASP, please contact Charlotte Homent, Charlotte.Homent@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or 01954 284635

Resources

The partnership will be publishing a range of useful resources through this page. These include:

Friends Against Scams

Please join the fight against scams by registering to become a Friend Against Scams at https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire or follow on Twitter here .

 

Contact the partnership

Contact Charlotte Homent, Charlotte.Homent@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or 01954 284635