Help fight against scammers with ‘Scamnesty’

CAN you help the fight-back against fake lotteries, get-rich-quick schemes and deceptive prize draw offers that drop through your door?

Derbyshire County Council is holding a Scamnesty for all your scam letters, leaflets and flyers.

The council’s trading standards team is asking people to drop off suspect mail at any of the authority’s libraries between Monday 21 May and Monday 28 May.

Derbyshire’s Scamnesty is part of a national campaign led by the Trading Standards Institute which is aimed at getting the public to fight back against fraudsters costing the UK an estimated £3.5 billion each year.

Councillor Carol Hart, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “Criminals are constantly finding new ways to target members of the public and Scamnesty week gives us a great opportunity to find out about the latest cons being attempted. Information gained from leaflets and letters handed in will be used to help our investigations and we will take action where appropriate.

“As always, the message is if an offer seems too good to be true it probably is. People should never give out their bank details or send any money to these people.”

All scam mail handed in can provide trading standards officers with important information for future investigations. Staff in libraries will collect mail over the counter.