Some victims of mail scams in Derbyshire could be in line to get their money back as part of an initiative to target fraudsters and offer support to those who have been conned.
Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers have been working alongside experts at the National Scams Hub to follow the trails left by scammers and intercept money that they have conned from people across the county.
Cheques and cash recovered from the fraudsters during investigations will now be given back to victims that can be traced.
Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, Detective Inspector Rob King, said: “One of the problems we face is getting people to believe that they have been a victim of crime. This is because the sophisticated methods employed by the fraudsters often lead to the victim actually believing that they have won or inherited a sum of money.
“If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Anyone concerned about a possible scam should call 0300 1232040.