May 2014 has been National Scams Awareness Month and Aberdeenshire Council’s Trading Standards team is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness and to provide information and advice.
Scams are schemes to con people out of their money and can come in a variety of formats: by post, phone, email, online, or via a knock on the door.
Every year more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams, losing hundreds and even thousands of pounds. It’s estimated nearly half of people in the UK (48 per cent) have been targeted by a scam and that £3.5bn is lost every year.
As with most crime, prevention is better than cure. The more people know about such scams, the less likely they are to become victims and the harder it will be for scammers.
Information on many of the current scams is available on the Trading Standards pages of the Aberdeenshire Council website: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.
Warning family, friends, neighbours can help people avoid scams. If you get a suspicious circular or are contacted, make sure you tip-off others.
If you have been targeted by a scam, or know someone who has, you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.