Angus MP Mike Weir is backing the Scam Awareness Month initiative which will highlight the increasing menace of scammers and give advice on how to avoid them.
Throughout May, Citizens Advice Scotland and Trading Standards will be highlighting the problem and each week will focus on a particular type of scam, starting with online scams then mail scams, telephone scams and doorstep scams.
Mr Weir said: “I am aware of several instances in Angus in which people have been scammed out of considerable sums of money. Such instances can have a very devastating effect not only on the victims finances, but on their whole lives.
“As Scam Awareness Month highlights, scams can originate in many different ways. Some scams can be very elaborate and scammers can seem very plausible.
“When the all-party group on nuisance calls were investigating that issue it was clear that many scammers used cold calling to con people into their scams and, worse still, often traded names of people between themselves so that individuals could become the victims of many different scams over a long period.
“It is a sad fact of life that we now have to be constantly on guard against attempts to defraud us and think hard about any cold calling approaches.”
As part of Scam Awareness Month the organisations have set up a website on tips and resources on how to spot and stop scams at www.cas.org.uk/stopscams