Conmen get £64m a year out of Lancashire people

SCAMS cost Lancashire residents £64million a year, new figures have revealed.

The figure was released as the results of a scam initiative, which encouraged residents to hand over possible scam e-mails and letters to police, came to a close.

The Scamnesty campaign, run by Lancashire County Council’s trading standards service and Lancashire Police, resulted in 570 uninvited letters and emails being handed in by the public.

Scams which promise a cash windfall were top the list of methods used by criminals to trick people out of their money or personal details.

Prize draws accounted for 56 per cent, with other popular scams related to fake lotteries (14 per cent), so-called psychics (17 per cent) and a variety of ‘phishing’ hoaxes designed to con people out of their bank details or other information (12 per cent).

County Coun Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the trouble to put the scams they received in one of our Scamnesty bins.

“While scams are a massive problem with some people being conned out of very large sums, only one in 20 victims report them, making it very difficult to take action.

“The intelligence gathered through the Scamnesty will help us to continue to raise awareness and warn people what to watch out for.”

DC Tony McClements, Lancashire police’s fraud evaluation and liaison officer, said: “The offers on many of the leaflets and letters that were handed in were appealing. They were designed to hook victims, but we always warn that if they look too good to be true then they probably are.”

Around 76,000 people fall victims to scams in Lancashire every year, and the 570 handed in as part of Scamnesty could have cost residents around £400,000 had they responded.

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3:21pm Tue 29 May 12

paolowhite says...

anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage
anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage paolowhite

4:07pm Tue 29 May 12

janus1947 says...

paolowhite wrote:
anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage
Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation.
[quote][p][bold]paolowhite[/bold] wrote: anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation. janus1947

6:51pm Tue 29 May 12

sen c bl says...

£64m in the most deprived area, East Lancashire!!!
£64m in the most deprived area, East Lancashire!!! sen c bl

7:56pm Tue 29 May 12

paolowhite says...

janus1947 wrote:
paolowhite wrote: anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage
Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation.
ok spelling bee.. apart from the word upstairs which i accidentally spelt wrong due to a dodgy keyboard at work.. what else is wrong with my spelling?? Do I assume that your name suggests you are coming up 65 and therefore you are one of the elderly who fell for a blag like in the article? thought the older were meant to be wiser..
[quote][p][bold]janus1947[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paolowhite[/bold] wrote: anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation.[/p][/quote]ok spelling bee.. apart from the word upstairs which i accidentally spelt wrong due to a dodgy keyboard at work.. what else is wrong with my spelling?? Do I assume that your name suggests you are coming up 65 and therefore you are one of the elderly who fell for a blag like in the article? thought the older were meant to be wiser.. paolowhite

8:37pm Tue 29 May 12

janus1947 says...

paolowhite wrote:
janus1947 wrote:
paolowhite wrote: anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage
Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation.
ok spelling bee.. apart from the word upstairs which i accidentally spelt wrong due to a dodgy keyboard at work.. what else is wrong with my spelling?? Do I assume that your name suggests you are coming up 65 and therefore you are one of the elderly who fell for a blag like in the article? thought the older were meant to be wiser..
Well done Sherlock, I am 65 and fortunately my brain is still intact. However, there are many people of my age and beyond who, due to age associated illnesses would not take too kindly to being described as " a bit short upstairs "
These people are vulnerable and have grown up in an era where trust abounded. The problem with the scammers of today is that they have become quite convincing and it is not just restricted to the elder generation, all sections of society are at risk, it is a reflection of the times. For your information, I have never been scammed, although attempts via the telephone are becoming more frequent, PPIs, computer virus removal, lifestyle surveys and the like. Everyone is a potential victim and your derogatory comments do not help. Hope I never get a dodgy keyboard
[quote][p][bold]paolowhite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janus1947[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paolowhite[/bold] wrote: anyone who falls for these scams is obviously a bit short upsatirs to start with so they are easy prey... any one with an ounce of common sense wouldnt fall for ths garbage[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, a large proportion of people who are targeted by scammers are elderly and are therefore vulnerable. However, I think they could give you a lesson or two on spelling. A degrading post, like yours, does not help the situation.[/p][/quote]ok spelling bee.. apart from the word upstairs which i accidentally spelt wrong due to a dodgy keyboard at work.. what else is wrong with my spelling?? Do I assume that your name suggests you are coming up 65 and therefore you are one of the elderly who fell for a blag like in the article? thought the older were meant to be wiser..[/p][/quote]Well done Sherlock, I am 65 and fortunately my brain is still intact. However, there are many people of my age and beyond who, due to age associated illnesses would not take too kindly to being described as " a bit short upstairs " These people are vulnerable and have grown up in an era where trust abounded. The problem with the scammers of today is that they have become quite convincing and it is not just restricted to the elder generation, all sections of society are at risk, it is a reflection of the times. For your information, I have never been scammed, although attempts via the telephone are becoming more frequent, PPIs, computer virus removal, lifestyle surveys and the like. Everyone is a potential victim and your derogatory comments do not help. Hope I never get a dodgy keyboard janus1947

11:04pm Tue 29 May 12

2 for 5p says...

I think the article shows there's a lot of daftians in east lancs sorry to Janus 1947 if the spelling of daftians isn't correct be I think you get the jizt.
I think the article shows there's a lot of daftians in east lancs sorry to Janus 1947 if the spelling of daftians isn't correct be I think you get the jizt. 2 for 5p

7:15am Wed 30 May 12

paolowhite says...

2 for 5p wrote:
I think the article shows there's a lot of daftians in east lancs sorry to Janus 1947 if the spelling of daftians isn't correct be I think you get the jizt.
jizt could be derogatory to a christian mind haha
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: I think the article shows there's a lot of daftians in east lancs sorry to Janus 1947 if the spelling of daftians isn't correct be I think you get the jizt.[/p][/quote]jizt could be derogatory to a christian mind haha paolowhite

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