People are being warned what to look out for to avoid becoming a scam victim.

Spam emails, suspicious activity alerts from your bank, cold calling - scams and fraud seem to have become part of our daily lives.

Citizens Advice found almost three quarters of people surveyed were targeted by a scam in the previous two years only 5-15 per cent of scams are reported.

June marks the beginning of Scam Awareness Month and the new campaign ‘Don’t miss a trick, be scam aware’ supported by Hertfordshire County Council.

Hertfordshire councillor Terry Hone, cabinet member for community protection, said: “Scams can affect anyone in our society.

"It’s our duty to raise awareness of the dangers of scams, and help ensure consumers don’t become victims.”

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has teamed up with Citizens Advice to raise awareness of scams across the country.

Leon Livermore chief executive of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute said: "It’s worrying that scam victims still feel reluctant to come forward and report a crime.

"Nobody should suffer in silence.

"It is therefore reassuring and heartening to know that devoted trading standards and consumer protection champions around the country are tirelessly working in the background to help raise awareness and drive down criminal behaviour.”

Following a successful prosecution by Hertfordshire Trading Standards, two men who preyed on vulnerable and elderly people, were sent to prison for a total of eight years.

National scams affected around 2,000 people and both men were found guilty of four counts of money laundering at St Albans Crown Court in November 2017.

This year’s campaign, focuses on those targeted by scams.

Citizens Advice found that scams have been against adults as young as 18 to the elderly over 70.