Police seize thousands of scam letters, much to the annoyance of fraudsters

25 January 2011


The police have completely made up for their kettling of students by arresting a bunch of bits of paper.

That's right folks! Our police force nabbed thousands of scam letters which were going to try and lure stupid British people into handing their money over to fraudsters.

Investigators, thrilled that they got to shout 'book 'em Danno!' at some envelopes, said that the items were designed to encourage people to invest in fraudulent schemes linked to lotteries, shares and inheritance claims.

Make your own jokes up about the legit versions of the above being borderline fraud in the first place.

PA report that the very clever officers at Scotland Yard's economic and specialist crime command (they probably don't get to wear those hats and baton people) intercepted this nasty mailshot, which will have probably been binned by most, as part of a long-running inquiry.

Usefully though, the police have stopped loads of us getting irritating junk mail. So that's nice. While they were at it, they closed down a bunch of rented post-boxes which are used to dupe simpletons into believing the companies are reliable and based in That London.

Apparently, those who reply aren't called 'simpletons', rather, they're called 'suckers'. Those who respond to the first letter, known as a "tempter", are added to a "sucker" list which is then traded among criminals. Astonishingly, the police believe that up to £3.5 billion is stolen from Britons every year via mail scams.

Detective Superintendent Mark Ponting, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "The individuals behind this type of crime are cynical and pernicious, making their living by targeting and exploiting some of the most vulnerable and needy people in our society."

The police cracked this dastardly scam with the help of Royal Mail and Spring Global Mail.

TOPICS:   Scams   UK News   High Street News


  • Ian P.
    About time Apple stopped claiming their tablet is a proper computer....
  • Steve
    It'll be back to normal tomorrow as the budget won't allow for more than one operation like this. It's been on the telly, they've been seen to be doing something, now they can forget about it for another year.
  • Phil
    Too be fair most of the people suckered into these scams are vulnerable 85 olds who just don't understand the difference. Makes you wonder what door to door scams that go on nowadays that aren't reported?
  • Kevin
    Take the money the scanners were going to get and use it to pay off the pubic debt ;) These people deserve everything they get if they are that stupid.
  • olusegun a.
    this type of game originated from britain, the original name is 'the spanish prisoner' they will usually tell you to help a rich man in jail. another type called chat room scam originated from germany, it was called 'heirats swidler' in german . olusegun obasanjo ex nigerian president

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