Scheme to target Sidmouth mail scammers

PUBLISHED: 16:19 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:32 18 June 2010

SCAMMERS who target Sidmouth residents with mail swindles will be the target of a new scheme next week.

SCAMMERS who target Sidmouth residents with mail swindles will be the target of a new scheme next week.

Devon County Council Trading Standards has joined forces with the Office of Fair Trading to launch its ScamWise initiative and raise awareness of mass marketed scams.

As part of the project a special 'Scamnesty' bin will be located in Sidmouth Library Devon from Monday (February 23) to Saturday (February 28).

Residents will be asked to place scam mail in the bin so authorities can gather information which can be used against the scammers, who cheat Great Britons out of £3.5 million every year. Councillor Brian Greenslade, Leader of Devon County Council said: "We are keen to look at the Scams that people are receiving at the moment and to encourage those that may have fallen victim, and have lost money, to come forward"

Support and advice is available from ConsumerDirect on 08454 040506 from www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.

DCC Trading Standards recently launched an anonymous tip-off hotline. Anybody wishing to report illegal trading practises can call (01392) 381380 in confidence.

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