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Meg backs Scam Awareness Month

Friday, February 13, 2009

Heeley MP Meg Munn backed the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) 2009 Scam Awareness Month at its Parliamentary launch recently. This campaign aims to raise public awareness of mass marketed scams, which cost the UK an estimated 3.5billion a year. Three million UK consumers fall victim to scams sent by post, email, text, phone and the internet.


Sheffield Trading Standards, part of the city council, urge people to drop scam mailing they have received into designated ‘Scamnesty’ bins or boxes at local libraries and public areas. The information collected will help the OFT and law enforcement agencies to identify and develop strategies to combat the worst scammers.


Meg said:


‘The elderly are the most vulnerable group for scam mailings and this campaign helps the OFT gather information which they can use to tackle the scam mailing companies. My message is that you need to be always on your guard, do not hand money or give personal details to companies who send unsolicited mail.’


If you think you have been a victim of a scam, or you suspect a scam, call Consumer Credit advice line on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

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