Don't fall victim to scam mail is the message from Cambridgeshire County Council this week as the authority continues to take part in Scam Awareness Month.

This year's theme is Don't be Rushed, Don't be Hushed.

Criminals worldwide send out letters which trick people into parting with their hard earned money. Every year more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams losing hundreds and often thousands of pounds.

The Council has recently received another list of 70 Cambridgeshire residents that are known to be victims of this type of fraud. Many of which will receive contact from Trading Standards Officers and Police Community Support Officers over the coming weeks as they work to return some of their cash or cheques they have been scammed out of.

The two most common mail scams are lottery and prize draw scams, but others range from clairvoyant, debt recovery, religious, betting, catalogue and brochure to bank and building society scams.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said: "This month we're really hoping to raise awareness of this issue - scammers shouldn't be able to continue to get away with fleecing people of their hard earned money.

"We work closely with a number of partners including the National Scams Team, Citizens Advice Bureau and Police and want to give people the information, skills and confidence to spot and stop scams."

For further advice on scams contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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