Don't fall victim to scams through the post
Every month cunning criminals in Lincolnshire scam residents out of hundreds of pounds.
As part of an ongoing project between Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police, officers have, so far, visited 40 county residents to find out why they are responding to scam mail and to share information about current scams.
One 76 year old told them she had no idea that the prize draw and lottery offers she was receiving were scams which had conned others out of thousands of pounds.
Eve Wrighton, trading standards officer with Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Criminals do their best to come up with deceptive means of conning people out of their money. Scam mail is cleverly crafted to look enticing, genuine and authentic. This could not be further from the truth. All these scammers aim to do is to take as much money from people as possible and run."
Kirsty Toyne, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, added: "Scam mail is a significant and serious issue across Lincolnshire. We need to help people from falling foul of this scam mail.
"There are a lot of isolated people who do not have a support network, and because they are lonely they are more vulnerable.
"As a local authority, we have a responsibility to ensure our vulnerable people are protected from financial abuse, and as such we will do what we can to help them. We will work with victims, carers, the police and other agencies to reduce the risk and harm to residents."
Five ways to spot the signs that someone you know is responding to scam mail:
- They have huge amounts of post every day;
- They receive phone calls promising cheques will be delivered;
- Lots of trinkets and low-value items in the house, such as candles, vitamins, shampoos;
- Lots of letters waiting to go out;
- Cheque book stubs and empty cheque books
For more information about scams or the work Lincolnshire Trading Standards does, visit Lincolnshire County Council