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Warning issued over mail scams

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Staffordshire residents are being urged to be vigilant as fraudsters attempt to exploit cost of living pressures with scams relating to energy rebates.

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service wants people to have a chat with their loved ones about scams and to flag any unwanted mail they receive.

The #SCAMnesty campaign, which first ran in 2020, is being organised by National Trading Standards and will run throughout December. The scam mail received is used to catch scammers and disrupt criminal networks.

Popular mail scams include those relating to fake lotteries and prize draws, pyramid schemes, clairvoyants and unclaimed inheritance – and most recently, energy rebates.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “This has been an effective campaign in the past to combat mail scams which is why we are supporting it again.

“Scams cause a huge amount of misery and in many cases financial loss.  Helping highlight current scams to the team is really helpful and means they can investigate and take action against those involved.

“If you, or someone you know have had mail scams through the post please post them to the investigators in the scams team.  They will use the items to help disrupt the criminals behind them and help put a stop to these mailings landing on consumers’ doorsteps.”

Details of where to send scam mail is available at FriendsAgainstScams. People can find out more about avoiding scams and what to do if caught up in one at Friends Against Scams – Staffordshire County Council.

Tom Hammersley

Digital Content Officer at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. BA hons journalism graduate.

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