County cracks down on scam artists

A campaign to help consumers across Derbyshire and in Gossip from fraudulent lotteries, fake prize draws, and get rich quick schemes is now being hailed as a success.

Earlier in the year council trading standards started the ‘scamnesty’ campaign in order to encourage residents to hand in all the scam flyers, leaflets, and letters they received so that con-artists could be stopped in their tracks.

As of now, 110 scams were reported across Derbyshire, allowing trading standards officers to sift through information that has offered them vital information for investigations.

The top scams reported by residents of the country were prize draws, theatre or concert ticket offers, foreign lottery scams, investment scams, and health products that were overpriced by mail order or the internet.

County council cabinet member for the communities involved in the campaign, Cllr Carol Hart, stated that it was clear from the results of the campaign so far that residents received fake and scam email, flyers, and letters on a daily basis.  Hart went on to say that all the suspect information gathered so far will help trading standards officers get to the bottom of new scam operations before they hurt too many people.

In particular, Derbyshire trading standards officers have reported seeing a rise in complaints about a letter that states it is from an investment bank said to operate out of China or Hong Kong.  At this time, officers have already received 30 complaints about the investment letter which asks people to help transfer large amounts of money for a pay-off.