Fraud awareness event takes place in EpsomThe Barclays team in Epsom is responding to an increase in the level fraud attempts in the town by organising a fraud awareness event.The event takes place at the Barclays branch in Epsom High Street on Tuesday 20th August from 5.30 to 7pm and will include a presentation on fraud prevention by Barclays Digital Eagles and advice from the local Police Community Support Officer.Epsom branch manager Lewis Mathews said: “Fraud is an increasing issue in Epsom and we are seeing at least one person a week who has been targeted. The scams range from simple rogue traders to more sophisticated telephone impersonation scams and we have seen a real spike in Romance scams where people are befriended on social media and persuaded to send money to criminals in the belief that they have a genuine relationship with that person. We are also anticipating an increase in holiday scams as the summer holiday season kicks in.The event is free of charge and open to everyone and is a great opportunity for people to learn about the scams that are currently operating in the area, and about the simple measures people can take to avoid becoming victims of such crime.” For those who are unable to attend Barclays offers the following top tips:1. Never give out your pin over the phone. No genuine bank would message you to transfer money to a different account – ignore anyone who asks you to do this.2. Don’t hand over your money. Your bank will never visit your home address and ask you to hand over your cards, PINs and personal details.3. If you’re not sure you’re safe or something feels unusual, remember to always check, act with care, and never share.4. Contact your bank if you think you’ve been a victim of a scam5. If you’re stuck, check out Barclays’ website for more information on how you can stay safe www.barclays.co.uk/security.