Oxfordshire’s Trading Standards releases song warning about festive scams

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A song loosely based on the 12 Days of Christmas warning people about the danger of festive scams has been released by trading standards.

Shelley Edwards, a trading standards officer wrote The 12 Scams of Christmas based on her experiences on dealing with the victims of con men and women.

Some of the most common approaches s are included in the song from telling people not to speak to their families about their transaction through to promising people they will be rich.

Shelley said: “I have seen first-hand the devastating effect scammers can have on people’s lives whether it is conning someone out of £20 through to defrauding someone out of £40,000.

“The song, actually came to me whilst I was cleaning at home. It is a light-hearted way of getting over a serious message which is to be very careful when someone rings, writes or knocks on the door with an offer which seems too good to be true. The golden rule is if something seems too good to be true – it very probably is.”

Jody Kerman, trading standards operations manager said: “The team had great fun doing the song although I am not sure it will make it to number one. However it is a great way of reminding people to be on the lookout for unscrupulous people who are offering what might seem like amazing deals.”

Tips to remember include never giving out your name, address, bank account details or any other personal information and never sending money to anyone to claim a prize.