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LEIGH con artists had better beware!

For local police have launched new-look Fraud Unit specialising in complex investigations, which were previously dealt with by neighbourhood officers.

An added bonus is that the shake-up enables local officers to spend more time tackling community issues and priorities.

Last year, Greater Manchester received around 3,500 reports of fraud, ranging from e-mail scams to credit card frauds.

Yesterday video messages giving tips on how people can keep themselves safe from online fraud were tweeted out to GMP’s 95,000 followers on Twitter throughout the day.

Members of the public were also invited to ask the team any questions they may have about online fraud via GMP’s main twitter account.

Det Insp Dave Pester, who leads GMP’s new Volume Fraud Unit, said: “Officers from our new Volume Fraud Unit will provide a coordinated response to tackling online and other fraud, and where there are opportunities to recover money that people have lost to fraudsters, we will do all we can to return this to victims.

“With more people going online each day to bank, shop, sell items and browse in general, we have seen an increase in the numbers of those falling victim to online criminals across the globe, who hide behind the anonymous veil of the internet to catch people off guard when they least expect it.

“Whilst we can’t investigate every single one of the 3,500 frauds that are reported to us each year, this new team of specialist officers will concentrate on going after those who have targeted vulnerable victims in our society, as well as identifying prolific fraudsters and offences being carried out by organised crime groups.”

If you have been a victim of fraud or to report any suspicious activity, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.org.uk