Scam awareness month

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards team is promoting Scam Awareness this month, in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Think Jessica, to encourage people to think twice when opening their post, door or e-mails to potential scammers.

Nationally people are scammed for £3.5billion pounds a year which is equivalent to £70 a month for each adult. Scam mail rips off unsuspecting victims by offering large sums of cash or opportunities too good to miss. Letters look professional and genuine and are sometimes addressed to the individual. However alarm bells should ring when they set specific deadlines and pressure you to reply urgently.

To promote Scam Awareness, Trading Standards officers will be visiting residents across Cambridgeshire who have let us know they received scam letters so that they can share their concerns and ask advice. We will also be at the Central Library in Cambridge from 13th to17th of May with members from the Citizens Advice Bureau with information on how to stop scammers.

There are some simple tips to remember to stop scammers: -

* Genuine companies will not request fees in advance or ask for personal details, such as passports or bank details.

* Scammers use false testimonials and photographs of fictitious winners using solicitors and other important sounding titles and names.

* If it is too good to be true it probably is, particularly if they claim you can win prizes or promote magical cures, investment opportunities, clairvoyants, and holidays.

If you think you are being scammed please share this information with family or friends, and seek advice from Citizens Advice on 08454 040506 and if you have already been scammed report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and Royal Mail’s Scam Department on 08456 113 413.