Scams are misleading or deceptive communications like letters, emails or phone calls that try to con people out of money, but not all are illegal. There are hundreds of types of scams - fake lottery and prize draw wins, bogus psychic predictions, get-rich-quick investment cons and 'miracle' health cures - and, the over 55s are the most likely to become ‘chronic scam victims’.
You can find out more about how to protect yourself and others from falling victim to scams by signing up to their free Scam Alert email service.
Scams can be reported to Action Fraud the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre and Citizens Advice.
The charity Think Jessica provides advice on how to recognise and avoid scams