THE Burton branch of an initiative which allows people to support their community by offering items for free is urging people to be aware of scammers.
Freecycle allows people to offer up any items they are looking to throw away to other people in the area via a special website.
The Burton branch has more than 50 items on offer but has had to issue advice and warnings to members after a big increase in people being hit by scams.
A spokesman for the group said: “Freecycle has recently seen a big increase in scammers who are abusing the good and kind nature of our fantastic members.
“The most common scam involves someone offering high-end or desirable items but telling you that they have moved house or are working away but that they can post or courier the item to you for a fee.