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.

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.

Working on intelligence gathered and shared with the Council by the National Scams Team, officers have been getting in touch with a number of people from Cambridgeshire who are believed to have fallen victim to scam mail in the past, with the aim of offering advice and support to stop them from being targeted any more.    

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.

Over the next few weeks the Council will be contacting some residents in the Fenland area who are thought to be targets of scam mail. Residents who receive a letter from the Supporting Businesses and Communities Service are urged not to panic and to get in touch on the details provided within the letter.

Elaine Matthews from the Council's Supporting Businesses and Communities Service 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.  If you, or someone you know receives a letter from us, please don't ignore it. We're here to help."

Anyone who thinks they may be a victim of a scam can get advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer service  on 08454 04 05 06. Report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud - 0300 123 2040    

 

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