WightFibre joins the Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP)

By Deon Redpath

WightFibre has joined the isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership (IWASP). IWASP was created when IOW Trading Standards joined forces with the Police, Fire and Rescue, Age Friendly Island and Citizens Advice Bureau to create the partnership.

The Charter is for organisations to work together to better protect people on the Isle of Wight from scams, doorstep crime and fraud. As well as supporting victims. Approximately 3.2 million people fall victim to scams every year and the average age of a scam victim is 75.

Sally Ash Fair Trading Officer said “IWASP are delighted to welcome WightFibre as a partner, scams are constantly evolving and increasing, using the phone and internet to con their victims in to parting with money. By training the staff at WightFibre to identify scams and protect possible victims they will be playing a major role in helping the partnership to keep our Island residents safe”

Simon Poole, WightFibre COO said “As scams become more complex and targeted we wanted to partner with IWASP to help assist our customers and educate our staff to reduce and tackle such crimes and support island residents”.

In addition to joining the partnership all customer facing WightFibre staff will be receiving Friends Against Scams awareness training in the new year. WightFibre have also signed up to the IWASP alerting service where the company will be notified by trading standards of any known scams and doorstep crime and all installers will be promoting the scheme by issuing ‘stay safe online IWASP’ cards to all customers.

For a full list of the current scams please visit https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/IWASP/Current-Scams