£37m could be lost to East Lancashire conmen

CONMEN prey on everybody, from hard-up householders in terrace homes in Burnley to rich owners of plush homes in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire County Council has warned.

The authority’s deputy leader Albert Atkinson spoke out as he revealed figures for potential losses to fraudsters in each borough in the east of the county.

The move is part of a pre-Christmas campaign to warn people against the lure of easy cash and prizes that can cost thousands.

Coun Atkinson said government statistics showed more than 40,000 people in East Lancashire faced losing a potential £37million if fraudsters got their way.

As part of the countywide ‘Scamnesty’ campaign, aimed at alerting residents to the sophisticated ways of modern conmen, he revealed that: In Ribble Valley, 4,000 people could lose an estimated total of £3million; in Pendle, 6,000 an estimated £5million; in Burnley, 5,000 a potential £4million; in Rossendale, 4,000 individuals £3 million; in Hyndburn, 5,000 an estimated £4million; in Chorley, 7,000 people could lose £6million; and in Blackburn with Darwen, a potential 10,000 people losing a possible £8million.

He also announced the anti-fraud team will be bringing experts, and a ‘Think Jessica’ stage show, to the Ballroom, in Accrington Town Hall, at 10.15am on Friday, November 30.

Lancashire Trading Standards and police will perform the theatre show depicting how scammers work.

Coun Atkinson said: “These scammers are ruthless. They don’t care how much you do, or do not, have. If you think you might be scammed, drop off the details to trading standards at local collection points so we can trace them and put them where they belong.”

Chief investigator Lee Ormandy said: “We make our calculation using national data from the government’s Office of Fair Trading. It is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of people approached by fraudsters, but the information we receive from residents validates these figures.”

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2:09am Fri 9 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

saying:

It's hard to con a honest man.
saying: It's hard to con a honest man. 2 for 5p

6:54am Fri 9 Nov 12

woolywords says...

Anyone care to tell us what all this verbiage and spurious statistics actually is supposed to make us be aware of, exactly?
Having read it, twice, and still unable to discern what I'm supposed to be on my guard against, I attacked the article with my blue pencil, removing the superfluous stuff I ended up with...

CONMEN prey on everybody, LCC warns.
The authority’s deputy leader Albert Atkinson spoke out as he revealed a pre-Christmas campaign to warn people against the lure of easy cash and prizes that can cost thousands.
As part of the countywide ‘Scamnesty’ campaign, aimed at alerting residents to the sophisticated ways of modern conmen. He also announced the anti-fraud team will be bringing experts, and a ‘Think Jessica’ stage show, to the Ballroom, in Accrington Town Hall, at 10.15am on Friday, November 30.
Lancashire Trading Standards and police will perform the theatre show depicting how scammers work.

We get basics of an article, with the who, what, when, where but not the how. If there was the slightest hint of how, I might just attend for more details, as it stands, I think not.
Anyone care to tell us what all this verbiage and spurious statistics actually is supposed to make us be aware of, exactly? Having read it, twice, and still unable to discern what I'm supposed to be on my guard against, I attacked the article with my blue pencil, removing the superfluous stuff I ended up with... CONMEN prey on everybody, LCC warns. The authority’s deputy leader Albert Atkinson spoke out as he revealed a pre-Christmas campaign to warn people against the lure of easy cash and prizes that can cost thousands. As part of the countywide ‘Scamnesty’ campaign, aimed at alerting residents to the sophisticated ways of modern conmen. He also announced the anti-fraud team will be bringing experts, and a ‘Think Jessica’ stage show, to the Ballroom, in Accrington Town Hall, at 10.15am on Friday, November 30. Lancashire Trading Standards and police will perform the theatre show depicting how scammers work. We get basics of an article, with the who, what, when, where but not the how. If there was the slightest hint of how, I might just attend for more details, as it stands, I think not. woolywords

7:00am Fri 9 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

CONMEN prey on everybody, from hard-up householders in terrace homes in Burnley to rich owners of plush homes in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire County Council has warned.

So its official the lowest you can go in East Lancashire is to live in a terraced house in Burnley.
CONMEN prey on everybody, from hard-up householders in terrace homes in Burnley to rich owners of plush homes in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire County Council has warned. So its official the lowest you can go in East Lancashire is to live in a terraced house in Burnley. Info-warrior

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