Every year 3 million people fall victim to scams, costing the UK a total of £3.5 billion.
Scams can have devastating consequences - both financial and psychological - which is why community trading standards officers carry out scam awareness events and deliver talks on scams to all sorts of groups across the city.
Visit Action Fraud for advice on how to identify and avoid scams - which can come in all sorts of forms including letters, emails, scratch cards and text messages - and will often promise you the chance to win vast amounts of money, a luxury holiday or a miracle health cure.
We have a dedicated Scam 'e-bin' so you can forward any scam emails or report a scam directly to us.
To report a scam, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.