People in Powys are being asked to help stop scam mail with a message from the county council – “turn them in and turn the tide”.
The message is part of the Scam Awareness campaign, run by the council’s Trading Standards Service, which is urging residents and businesses to hand in any scam mail they receive to designated libraries throughout May.
You can hand in any suspicious letters at the following libraries in the county during May:
- Llandrindod Wells
Misleading mailings make false promises of huge bogus lottery wins or other high value prizes but always insist on payment to the sender before any winnings can be claimed.
Ken Yorston, the council’s Trading Standards Manager, said: “Targets of these scams, often the elderly or vulnerable, can find themselves on the receiving end of wave after wave of letters – some being sent up to 600 misleading letters a month from across the world.
“Those that fall victim to the mailings can send off hundreds of pounds a month over many years, despite the riches promised in each letter, they never win a penny.
“These scam mailings are an absolute menace and the message is ‘turn them in and turn the tide’. The mailings received in this year’s ‘scamnesty’ will be analysed and the information shared with partner enforcement agencies in the UK and abroad. This will help to build a picture of what is going on and crackdown on the senders and their networks.”
If you have a friend or relative that you think is responding to these letters, the council’s Trading Standards Service can be contacted and can offer to visit to offer advice and assistance.
For further information or advice, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08456 04 05 06.
For more general information about the work of Trading Standards, visit www.powys.gov.uk/tradingstandards