Stop, report, talk:Be #scamaware

The Scam Awareness Campaign, run by Citizens Advice Oxfordshire. also aims to encourage people to share their experiences with others so that people are aware of different types of fraud.

Citizens Advice Oxfordshire has found that out of the 64% of people in the South East who have been approached by a scammer, only 46% spoke to someone about it.

Under its slogan 'Stop, report, talk: Be #scamaware', the support service - along with Trading Standards - is encouraging people to talk about their experiences and look out for others, particularly the vulnerable.

More than half of all scams reported to the Citizen's Advice consumer service in the last year were related to offline methods such as unsolicited doorstep selling and cold calling.

The Citizens Advice team said classic tactics from the scammer's playbook saw people lose an average of almost £3000.

Pat Coomber-Wood, the Chief Officer of Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire said: "We're finding that although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue. People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed reporting their experiences, but sadly this means perpetrators are getting away scot-free".

She added: "In reality, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope this Scams Awareness campaign will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people's money."

Citizens Advice and Trading Standards are holding events across the county to help people know when they've been targeted with a scam.

The events form part pf Scams Awareness Month in June, a national campaign encouraging people to talk.

The events will take place at a number of libraries in Oxfordshire such as Wantage, Witney and Bicester, and Oxford County Library in Oxford will be holding events from today until Friday.

Last month, 71 year-old Dot Holloway from Minster Lovell picked up the phone only to be told by an automated message that she had a court injunction against her. Mrs Holloway said "You can't stop all the scams but this is one that needs to be stopped. It has to be taken seriously because there's a sinister element to it".