Fraudsters trying to catch people out through email and online scams are in Lincolnshire Police’s sights as part of a new campaign.
Recent reports of a woman who an item stolen from her after meeting a man through a scam involving a dating website has led police in the county to launch a new Fight Back Against Scammers campaign.
According to Lincolnshire Poolice, 350 people have reported being targeted by scams over the past year while across the UK, scammers take £9 billion from the pockets of people annually.
Kirsty Toyne, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council which is supported the campaign, said: “Scammers usually target our most vulnerable residents and will try every trick in the book to swindle cash from them.
“In many cases this involves thousands of pounds and we are working hard to visit those who have been placed on what has become commonly known as the “suckers list”,
“We are working closely with Lincolnshire Police, the Wellbeing Teams, Lincolnshire Carers, Age UK and many others to help protect vulnerable people in our community.”
Scammers usually target our most vulnerable residents and we are working hard to visit those who have been placed on what has become commonly known as the “suckers list”Kirsty Toyne, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council
For more information, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards or www.oprepeat.co.uk