Campaign to stop scams in their tracks

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched by Portsmouth City Council to stop people getting duped by scams.

Its trading standards team’s ‘Scamnesty’ campaign will run throughout February.

The campaign is aimed at alert people to the different types of scams.

With modern technology making some types of fraud more convincing than ever, the team will be out across the city holding talks and events to help vulnerable people avoid falling for them.

Some cases in Portsmouth have seen victims lose more than £100,000 to scam artists – and some may also suffer from emotional and psychological stresses as a result.

Con artists use a variety of methods to scam people, with many arriving in the post, through e-mail, fake websites and text messages.

Scamnesty bins have been put out throughout the city for people to deposit any scam mailings they receive.

The team will collect the bins at the end of the month and all the scams will be entered into their database as intelligence.

Bins will be located at the council’s civic offices, Portsmouth central police station, the University of Portsmouth, libraries across the city, and community centres.

Cllr Eleanor Scott, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘The city council wants to make sure residents are not falling victim and suffering as a result of scams.’

She added: ‘Please spread the message to those around you so they know how they can protect themselves, perhaps a neighbour, friend, and especially the elderly and those who are more vulnerable to this kind of criminal activity.’

If you believe you have a scam e-mail, send it to scams@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 1232040.