Warning issued over fraudsters preying on hard-up households as part of scams awareness month

Bournemouth Echo: Warning issued over fraudsters preying on hard-up households as part of scams awareness month Warning issued over fraudsters preying on hard-up households as part of scams awareness month

DORSET County Council trading standards service is warning the public about fraudsters preying on hard-up households as part of scams awareness month.

Fraud offences in England and Wales rose by 25 per cent in 2013, compared to the previous year, with 207,252 cases reported.

But nationally Citizens’ Advice has calculated up to four million people could be scammed each year as many scams go unreported.

Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager for Dorset County Council, said: “We are working as part of an initiative, co-ordinated nationally by trading standards, to identify Dorset scam victims from information gathered during police seizures of scam mail correspondence with international fraudsters.

“Officers are currently working through an initial list of 600 potential Dorset scam victims and contacting victims. Our officers offer practical advice with information from the national scam prevention charity ‘Think Jessica’.”

You can get advice and report scams to the trading standards service through the citizens’ advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or online advice at www.adviceguide.org.uk

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4:15pm Fri 30 May 14

RM says...

Thank you Mr Hancock - a really good call by DCC. There are a lot of very clever tricksters out there & when people are already strapped for cash, they are more likely to fall for a scam. I nearly got taken in by a 'Green Deal' scam myself.
Thank you Mr Hancock - a really good call by DCC. There are a lot of very clever tricksters out there & when people are already strapped for cash, they are more likely to fall for a scam. I nearly got taken in by a 'Green Deal' scam myself. RM
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4:36pm Fri 30 May 14

stevobath says...

The biggest fraudsters & scammers are those in power starting from the scum in Government leeching down to local politics.

Get rid of these fat cats, born in an era & thus benefitting from any prosperity. They live on a different planet, when it comes to real, decent peoples lives.

Sooner they die off the better.
The biggest fraudsters & scammers are those in power starting from the scum in Government leeching down to local politics. Get rid of these fat cats, born in an era & thus benefitting from any prosperity. They live on a different planet, when it comes to real, decent peoples lives. Sooner they die off the better. stevobath
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