Scamnesty campaign needs your help to beat conmen

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TODAY Portsmouth’s month-long Scamnesty campaign gets under way.

The city’s trading standards and city council have joined forces to try and arm people with the information they need to not be caught out by mass-market scams and conmen.

Scamnesty will run throughout February and kicks off today in Commercial Road with an event from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

The team behind the campaign wants to raise awareness about ticketing scams, online phishing scams, scam letters and scam competitions.

The month is an opportunity for residents and other agencies in Portsmouth to get involved by depositing anything suspicious they have received in Scamnesty bins around the city.

These will be placed in the civic offices’ main reception, all city libraries, Fratton police station, Central police station, Cosham police station, the students union and library at the University of Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Deaf Centre in Arundel Street, Landport.

A council spokesman said: ‘At the end of February we will collect the bins and all the scams will be entered into our database as intelligence.

‘We want to make sure that Portsmouth residents are not being ripped off by scams, and to do this we are asking for your help.

‘Keep your eyes and ears open and let us know if you suspect someone may be a victim of a scam.’