Tops Tips for Stopping Scam Mail

Most people can’t understand how people fall victim to scam mail, but in many cases the chronic victims are overly trusting, some are socially isolated, or suffering from mental health issues / dementia.  In some cases the victims become “addicted” to the scam mail, as they fear they are missing out on a prize or are afraid of bad things happening to them if they don’t respond.

stacked mailThe main scams are:

  • You have won the lottery, sweepstake or competition – even though you haven’t entered one.
  • Money is being held by a holding company – just needing you to send cash or a cheque to get it released.
  • You have been left an inheritance – but you need to pay an admin fee.
  • Secret deals that will make you rich – and don’t tell anyone.

The most worrying are those from “clairvoyants” or “mediums” that threaten you will be cursed or you’ll receive bad luck if you don’t pay for a talisman to keep you safe.

Once you respond to a scam letter and send off any money, you are added to a “suckers list” which is sold on to other scammers. In some cases victims can be receiving 30 or 40 letters a day and around £3.5 billion is ‘scammed’ from UK consumers a year.

Tips to help reduce scam mail:

  1. You can register with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
  2. Put a “No Junk Mail” sign on your door.
  3. Report scam mail to the Royal Mail Scam Department. Send any items of mail you believe to be from fraudsters, with a covering letter to: Freepost, Scam Mail, PO Box 797, EXETER, EX1 9UN
  4. If you’re moving home the National Fraud Authority recommends that to reduce the risk of identity fraud you should use Royal Mail’s Redirection service to redirect mail from your old address to your new address for at least a year. If you hold power of attorney for somebody who you believe is a victim or vulnerable to being a victim of scam mail you can apply on their behalf for a Redirection of mail at a Post Office® branch or by post.
  5. Contact Trading Standards for further advice via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

Think Jessica aims is to raise awareness of the danger of replying to deceptive mail and phone calls. The charity produces literature, DVDs and other material designed to inform & forewarn potential victims, which can be used as tools by relatives and  professionals.

Scams Checklist

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