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Local crack down on scams

Created on 07/02/2011 @ 15:42
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Residents in Welshpool are being urged to help in the fight against scams which costs the UK an estimated £3.5 billion a year.

Powys County Council's Trading Standards Service has joined forces with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to run the 'Scamnesty' campaign.

The campaign, part of the Scams Awareness Month (February), will see 'Scamnesty' bins located in the reception areas of council offices across Powys where residents can drop off their scam mailing.

Cllr Graham Brown, board member responsible for Public Protection, said: "One in 15 people in Britain falls victims to mass marketed scams such as bogus lotteries, deceptive prize draws and get rich scheme each year.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

"We want residents in Powys to help beat the scammers by taking part in 'Scamnesty'.  The mailings collected during this amnesty will be vital in gathering intelligence on the latest scams and in stopping the worst offenders from continuing to bring misery to thousands of vulnerable people each year.

“Scams are smart. Prove you’re smarter. Bin them.”

Clive Jones Principal Trading Standards Officer added: "We receive a lot of complaints about scams often from families of targeted vulnerable people.

“If you think you are being targeted by a scam, pass on the information to the authorities and tell your friends and family if you discover a scam.  Your actions may help protect others from becoming a scam victim.”

The 'Scamnesty' bins are located at the following locations for the whole of February:

- Neuadd Maldwyn, Welshpool

Alternatively you can post them to Trading Standards, The Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6AA.

If you are unsure of an offer, speak to family or friends, and seek advice from
Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit and report scams to
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