FRAUDSTERS are getting away with targeting some of the most vulnerable people in Bury as it emerges that only a fraction of the people who are scammed actually report the incidents.

Citizens Advice Bury District has urged members of the public to report and talk about their experiences after new data revealed that less than 50 per cent of scam incidents are disclosed.

A huge 62 per cent of people living in the North West have been approached by a scammer in the last two years, Citizens Advice Bury District found.

However, of those targeted, only 49 per cent of people actually spoke to anyone about it.

The charity has called for residents to "be scam aware", and will be hosting a range of events to coincide with the charity's national Scams Awareness campaign between June 10-23.

Dave Bevitt, chief officer of Citizens Advice Bury District, said: "We’re finding that although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue.

“People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed reporting their experiences, but sadly this means perpetrators are getting away scot-free.

“In reality, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We hope this Scams Awareness campaign will encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money."

Citizens Advice Bury District, which is based at St John's House in The Rock, provides free, independent advice about debt, welfare, benefits, housing, employment and other issues, for residents across Bury.

The charity encouraged residents to look out for the following warning signs which could mean someone has fallen victim to a scam: receiving more mail than usual, receiving unsolicited calls, struggling with money.

Other steps that can be taken include installing a call blocker and contacting your bank immediately on noticing suspicious activity or transactions.

Scams can be reported to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service online or by calling 03454 040 506. Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.

Awareness events will be held at Bury Market Digital Hub, in Margaret Block, on June 14 between 10am-4pm, June 19 between 10am-3pm and June 21 between 10am-4pm.