Police in South Yorkshire are urging residents to be on their guard against fraudsters and scams this summer - and the county’s force is reminding them to report offences to Action Fraud.
South Yorkshire Police teamed up with Action Fraud in March and the agency should now be the first point of contact for anyone scammed, ripped off or conned to make initial reports of offences, and to access support and crime prevention advice.
Reports taken by Action Fraud are used to formulate a national picture and are passed on to other law enforcement agencies for further investigation.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Don’t get stung this summer by fraudsters – that’s the message from South Yorkshire Police.
“Rip-off merchants can strike at any time of the year and if you’ve been a victim you need to report it to Action Fraud - the central point of contact regarding fraud and financially-motivated internet crime.
“Where the offenders are present at the scene and fraud is being committed, police will always respond and victims should ring 999.”
South Yorkshire Police is warning against rogue traders touting for business door-to-door and are advising summer festival-goers to be on the lookout for fake tickets.
The force is also urging people to be alert to scam emails.
n To report incidents contact Action Fraud via www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.