Scammers who target the vulnerable are the focus of the new Scamnesty campaign to protect Hounslow residents.

The council are taking part in the Office of Fair Trading's 'Scamnesty' campaign encouraging anyone who has received details of anything that may be a scam to drop off the information at special boxes.

Cllr Barbara Reid said: "Scammers are sophisticated at targeting people who are often the most vulnerable in society.

"Given today's tougher economic times it is more important than ever for people to be alert to prevent themselves, or others from falling victim to these heartless money-making schemes.

"Only a small percentage of victims report these scams. With the whole community keeping a look out, we will be better equipped to beat the bogus sellers."

The main scams include deceptive prize draws and sweepstakes, bogus foreign lotteries, advance fee fraud, home working and business opportunity scams and property or land investment scams .

Scamnesty boxes have been set up in libraries and council offices across the borough. The information collected will help identify and combat the worst scammers.

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