10 top ways to spot a scam

Jess Bown

Figures from the Office of Fair Trading show that nearly half the adult population of the UK has been targeted with a scam of some kind, and that some three million - or one in 15 British adults - has been taken in by unscrupulous swindlers.

But how do you know if a seemingly great offer is the opportunity of a lifetime, or simply a chance to wave goodbye to your cash? Here, we list 10 signs that you should avoid the "offer" like the plague.