The West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team (WYFEAT) is a multi-agency task force consisting of trading standards professionals, financial investigators, police and social workers.
Led by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, WYFEAT undertakes complex criminal investigations, safeguarding victims and vulnerable adults in the community. In addition, the team can undertake confiscation cases to remove assets from offenders and compensate victims. This work is carried out through the Proceeds of Crime Act in partnership with West Yorkshire Financial Investigation Service.
The types of cases WYFEAT investigate include scams, frauds and doorstep crime. More recently the team have investigated cases involving financial exploitation by family members, carers and people in a position of trust.
A significant proportion of the work that WYFEAT undertakes is to raise awareness of scams and fraud. To assist this, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service runs a number of initiatives, including:
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To bring to life the type of work that WYFEAT undertakes, we have a number of news stories which highlight our achievements, including:
After the interception of a so called ‘suckers list’, which contained the names and address of vulnerable residents across the country, WYFEAT were able to protect 5,000 West Yorkshire residents who were named on the list. Click here to read more.
The conviction of a Director who ran UKHI Ltd Home Improvements and Energy Efficient Double Glazing. The total compensation for victims totalled over £37,000. Click here to read more.
The conviction of a business owner who traded as UK Everest Ltd which led to him being sentenced to 13 months imprisonments and paying £20,000 in compensation to his victims. Click here to read more.
Find more information on WYFEAT's work here.
If you would like to discuss ways of getting involved with the work that we do, or if you have a concern about a resident who you believe may be a victim of scam or fraud, please email us on email@example.com
For professionals, if you wish to make a new referral, please see the attached referral form - WYFEAT referral form.
The WYFEAT (West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation and Abuse Team) is a multi-agency task force set up to tackle financial exploitation and abuse in West Yorkshire. The free training session for professionals is around 1hr and looks at identifying fraud and trending fraud patterns. We also look closely at different types of fraud that people respond to, the reasons why people respond and the impact this has on the individual. The session explores in depth at how financial abuse comes under The Care Act 2014, and how as professionals we can safeguard service users from financial abuse and exploitation. We aim to address the stigma attached to being scammed and how we can change this. The training session has real case studies from victims in West Yorkshire that have been financially abused. This is to illustrate the kind of work the West Yorkshire Financial Exploitation an abuse Team undertakes. The role of WYFEAT and the referral process will also be explained in detail. Finally, the session explores what practical measures are available to victims in West Yorkshire in order combat financial abuse. If you are interested in this training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org