Cambridgeshire™s Trading Standards officers have joined forces with the National Trading Standards Scams Team, Police and Royal Mail to follow the trail of scams which trick residents into thinking they are due a big prize win if they pay a £5 administration fee or make a purchase from a treats catalogue.
Envelopes containing cheques, cash or personal bank details were seized and sent to the relevant local authority to return to their residents.
Nikki Pasek, Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities said œWe are working with Cambridgeshire Police to return the items to residents and they™ll also be reminded of the need to be cautious when sending money or bank details. Every year scams cause around £3.5 billion worth of detriment to UK victims “ many of whom are our vulnerable or disadvantaged residents.
For further details on scams visit the Think Jessica website.
To report a scam contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.