Derbyshire County Council reports rise in scam complaints

Residents in Derbyshire are being urged to act with caution after the county council reported an increase in the number of complaints about scams.

Derbyshire County Council said their trading standards team received 690 reports of attempted cons between April 2011 to March 2012.

This figure is an increase of 24% compared with the same period for the previous year, the council said.

The most common complaints have been about home computer scams.

According to Derbyshire County Council, scammers telephone people at home saying they have a virus or security problem on their computer.

They try to persuade the person to log on and allow the offender remote access to the computer in a bid to gain personal and bank information.

Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: "We would urge members of the public to be extra cautious.

"These fraudsters only have one thing in mind - to con people out of money. The simple advice is that if an offer appears to be too good to be true it probably is."

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