KCC Public Protection


Cost of Living Campaign

The cost-of-living crisis makes everyone in Kent vulnerable. We all need to be alert to doorstep criminals, online, phone and postal scams, fake goods at markets and even sharp practice on the high street.

We are working hard to stay ahead of fraudsters who are viewing the cost-of-living crisis as a potential bumper payday. A campaign is now underway to raise awareness of the increasingly sophisticated ways criminals will try to catch you out.

Regular Newscasts that advise on how to stay safe can be watched on the Kent County Council YouTube channel. We will also be sending emails to keep you up-to-date and let you know when new episodes are available.

Watch the Cost Of Living Newscasts
WE NEED YOU TO HELP US - Cost of Living Newscast

Look out for fake goods

We are concerned about the market being flooded by cheaper and counterfeit products. Please do not be tempted to buy them. Counterfeits are often dangerous, can cause serious harm as well as damage legitimate businesses. It is not a victimless crime. Poor quality fake goods and more broadly, the trade, props up organised crime outfits involved in drug trafficking, modern slavery and terrorism.

Fraud is big business

The shocking reality is these fraudsters run highly organised outfits, operating as any business would with an active recruitment process looking for the best people with particular skillsets, especially around technology.

When bad looks good.

The authentic-looking text or WhatsApp message or email saying an account has been blocked or a payment refused and prominent adverts at the top of your screen when you search online for emergency home repairs will be the handiwork of unscrupulous criminals.

High street fraud

And more locally, be aware of sharp practice from unscrupulous individuals dealing in knock off products, selling short measure goods and overcharging.

Speak up. Stay safe.

If you have information on doorstep criminals, counterfeit, fake or illegal goods, illicit tobacco, loan sharks or those selling restricted items to underage kids:

call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 100% anonymously. Always

Report to Crimestoppers

To report scams and get advice on consumer issues:

call Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline on
0808 223 1133.

Report to Citizens Advice
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