Every year in the UK consumers lose billions of pounds worth of money to scams which often exploit low-cost mass-marketing techniques such as e-mail, telephone and post. Currently fewer than five per cent of people contacted by scammers report it to the authorities because they don’t think it’s worth reporting or are too embarrassed to take action.
In Cambridgeshire a victim of telephone lottery fraud was recently found to have sent over £9,000 to Spain and Ireland in ‘fees’ for fictitious lottery wins over a 15-month period.
Anyone can become the victim of a scam. Scammers operate in highly organised groups and know how to present themselves and their scams as plausible – it’s often only when it’s too late that we realise what’s really happening. For more information about scams, please click here.
Don’t be embarrassed – it really can happen to anyone. Here are some organisations which can help you if you think you or someone you know is being scammed:
Citizens Advice Consumer Service
Phone: 03454 04 05 06
Cambridgeshire Constabulary Distraction Burglary and Rogue Trader Taskforce
Phone: 0800 014 1832
If you want to report a scam, here are some organisations who collect evidence about scammers so that they can take action to stop them:
Phone: 0300 123 2040
Or you can report it to us on here, and we can distribute to all of our partners.
For more information on stopping junk mail and marketing calls, click here.