Londoners are being warned against “hundreds” of scams including pyramid schemes, lottery wins or investment opportunities as part of a month long ‘Scamnesty’ campaign.
The warning forms part of Consumer Direct London’s month long ‘Scamnesty’ campaign designed to raise public awareness of scams which involve requests for personal information including personal details and bank details.
Consumer Direct London is a free service provided by London Councils and Trading Standards.
Chairman of London Councils, Councillor Merrick Cockell said, “It is crucial that consumers are adequately advised of the various kinds of scams that are appearing more frequently in many different guises in everyday life. With internet and emails being readily available on mobile phones there are now many different ways to get caught in a scam.
Crooks and bogus callers are looking to make quick money but it is vital that consumers apply caution when giving out personal information. If they suspect anything is wrong we recommend they ring Consumer Direct for further advice.”
The Consumer Direct London advice helpline is available on 08454 04 05 06 from 0800 – 1830 Monday to Friday, and 0900 – 1300 Saturday, excluding bank holidays and public holidays.