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Make sure you're protected against scammers

Lincolnshire Trading Standards has revealed the most common scams in the county and their top tips to avoid them.

As part of Scam Awareness month throughout June, Trading Standards are joining up with partner agencies, including Citizen's Advice and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, to educate people about known scams and the signs to look out for.

Principal Trading Standards officer Emma Milligan said: "There are a number of different types of scams and it is important that residents of Lincolnshire are aware of them."

Some scams to look out for are: free trials - make sure you read the small print as some have cancellation deadlines after which you’ll be charged hefty fees; computer repairs - scammers fake critical errors on your computer, getting you to enter codes or passwords and gaining access to your information; insurance claims - always look into making a claim yourself if you’ve been involved in an accident rather than responding to a cold call; and prize draws - be wary of these, especially if you haven’t entered any.

"Taking the time to talk about scams is really important," said Emma.

"People can be embarrassed or reluctant to talk about the issue, but getting advice from a friend, family member or the Citizen’s Advice team, or reporting a suspected scam to Action Fraud can all make a real difference."

If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam and want advice call Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454040506 or Lincolnshire Police on 101.

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