Financial scams carried out by telephone or online are now the most common crime in the UK - making up sixteen percent of all offences.
The criminals' methods are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. Many of the people they prey on are the most vulnerable members of our communities.
One local MP is so worried about the situation that she has put on an awareness show for her constituents to help them get wise to the scammers' tricks and prevent any more of them becoming victims.
Click below to see Martin Dowse's report.
The interviewees are Brian Ray and Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport