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Putting a stop to scams

"Play your part, act on scams" - that's the message of this year's Scams Awareness Month which takes place during July and is being backed by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Did you know that more than a third of scam victims are aged over 65?

This kind of crime ranges from the rogue trader charging for badly-laid driveways to fake products bought online.

Other examples include non-existent lottery wins that demand payment upfront and are followed up by threatening letters, and fake investment opportunities.

People are being encouraged to make themselves more aware of the issue and, if they do become a victim, to report it to the authorities to help put a stop to it.

With so many vulnerable people being targeted, there's no reason to be embarrassed.

If you hear of this kind of fraud, make sure you inform the Citizens Advice consumer helpline by phoning 03454 04 05 06.

It can provide advice and pass details on to Trading Standards.

You can also report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk

Pass it on: Tell friends, neighbours and relatives about any scams you become aware of.

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