Protect yourself from Scams

Research by the Office of Fair Trading indicates that around 3 million UK consumers lose a total of £3.5 billion to scams every year. The most common include telephone lottery scams, sweepstakes, government payouts and other mailings - all promise a large payout but of course there is a catch - the fee you pay up front.

The consequences of these scams on individuals and their families and dependants are extremely serious. Many people feel threatened and have concerns for their personal safety, it has a detrimental effect on health and well-being and the financial implications can be devastating. 

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We want to ensure that we give people in Cornwall as much help as possible to avoid scams.  The 'Scam Wise' advice leaflets which follow provide advice and assistance to help you avoid becoming a victim of such scams.

If you would like to speak to someone about a scam the Citizens Advice consumer service provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues. Visit the Citizens Advice website or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.  

Reduce the amount of junk mail and calls you receive through the following services which are absolutely free!