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PEOPLE are being urged to bin scam leaflets and emails as part of a campaign.

Hampshire County Council has backed the national ‘Scamnesty 2011’ drive in a bid to prevent fraudsters from targeting the elderly and vulnerable.

Trading Standards is urging people to put any scam mail they receive in the bin to help stop the fraudsters in their tracks.

Officers say victims are lured in with bogus offers, fake lottery scams, get-rich-quick schemes or ‘miracle’ cures.

In the last year, Trading Standards says it has received 1,644 reports of such scams operating in Hampshire.

Only five per cent of victims ever come forward, either through embarrassment or not knowing how to report incidents.

Council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘If you’re unsure of an offer, speak to family or friends, Trading Standards officers or even an accountant or solicitor if big sums of money are involved.’

Go to consumerdirect.gov.uk/watch_out/Scams/