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Bexley pensioners targetted by scams receive advice from trading standards

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:28 24 July 2015

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Council sets sights on scammers by helping protect their victims

Fifteen pensioners who have been victims of various scams have been visited by Bexley’s trading standards team to see if they could help to retrieve some of their money and to reduce the risk of repeat incidents.

The victims, whose average age is 75 years, had been subject to a number of different cons, including a prize draw for a new house or large sum of money and a Euro lottery. In each case they were pressed for cash up front. The scammers are known to pass their victims’ details on to other criminals.

Altogether the group had been conned out of almost £400 in a matter of days.

During the visits Trading Standards Officers shared tips on how to spot a scammer and what people should do if they are worried about unsolicited requests for money or personal information.

Each of the victims was given a pack with useful information and contact numbers.

Cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “Age is clearly no barrier for the experienced scammer. They have no scruples whatsoever.

“I hope that this group will think twice before signing up to anything or handing over their hard earned cash. By spreading the word on scams we can make sure that less people are caught out and that these criminals are brought to justice.”

Bexley was passed the contact details of the people involved by the National Trading Standards Scams Team.

Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.

For advice on scams, call trading standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

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