Time To Hand In Those Scam Letters Crimefighters!
Have you received a letter which claims that you’re the winner of some obscure foreign lottery draw? Maybe you’ve had a missive from a psychic who says he has important information for you from the afterlife.
Or perhaps the postman has delivered correspondence from a tiny three-eyed man called George Georgie-Georgeson who tells you that you’ve inherited 75% of the Virgin Islands and in order to confirm your identity you need to send him a large sum of cash and one of your teeth.
If so, you’re being scammed. But you knew that didn’t you? Ordinarily, you’d lazily scrunch the letter into a ball and chuck it in an awayular direction, but the Scamnesty is here, and you can now help to track down and hopefully stop the postal rot.
A campaign set up by the Office of Fair Trading and Trading Standards and running from the 2nd-15th of February, it involves the public handing in scam letters to increase intelligence about the phenomenon that affects an estimated three million people in the UK every year.
17 councils are taking part – there’s a list here and if you get in touch with your local council they’ll be able to tell you where to dump your scam mail.
Yes, we know a Scamnesty should involve the scammers handing in their own mail but there’s more chance of Newcastle United winning the Premier League than that happening.